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Ellwood R. (Woody) Kerkeslager

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MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF
THE BOROUGH OF MADISON

April 23, 2001 - 8:15 p.m.

The Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Madison was held on Monday, the 23rd day of April 2001, at 8:15 p.m. in the Council Chamber of the Hartley Dodge Memorial. The meeting was called to order by Mayor John J. Dunne. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. The Borough Clerk called the roll and the following acknowledged their presence:

Mayor John J. Dunne

Council Members:

Mary-Anna Holden
Peter R. Flemming, Sr.

Ellwood R. Kerkeslager

Mark Renart Peck, arrived at 8:45 p.m.

George Hayman

Absent: Eleanor "Peachie" Attonito

 

Also Present:

James R. Allison, Administrator

Joseph Mezzacca, Jr., Borough Attorney

Marilyn Schaefer, Borough Clerk

The Borough Clerk read the statement pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act:

"In compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this meeting of the Council was provided by distributing the Annual Meeting Schedule to the Madison Eagle and Morris County Daily Record, posting a copy on the bulletin board at the main entrance of the Hartley Dodge Memorial, and filing a copy in the office of the Clerk, all on January 4, 2001. Copies of said Notice were made available to members of the general public."

Mayor Dunne made the following Proclamations:

P r o c l a m a t i o n

of the

 

B O R O U G H O F M A D I S O N

 

in recognition of

SENIOR CENTER WEEK

May 13 - 19, 2001

WHEREAS, older Americans are significant members of our society, investing their wisdom and experience to help enrich and better the lives of younger generations; and

 

WHEREAS, the Madison Senior Center has acted as a catalyst for mobilizing the creativity, energy, vitality, and commitment of older residents of Madison; and

 

WHEREAS, through the wide array of services, programs and activities, Senior Centers empower older citizens of the Borough of Madison to contribute to their own health and well-being and to the health and well-being of their fellow citizens of all ages; and

 

WHEREAS, the Madison Senior Center affirms the dignity, self-worth and independence of older persons by facilitating their decisions and actions; tapping their experiences, skills and knowledge; and enabling their continued contributions to the community; and

 

NOW THEREFORE, I, John J. Dunne, Mayor of the Borough of Madison, do hereby proclaim the week of May 13 - 19, 2001 as SENIOR CENTER WEEK in our community, and I call upon all citizens to recognize the special contributions of the Madison Senior Center participants, and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community.

________________________________

JOHN J. DUNNE, Mayor

April 23, 2001

P r o c l a m a t i o n

of the

 

B O R O U G H O F M A D I S O N

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

MAY 3, 2001

 

WHEREAS, Civic prayers and national days of prayer have a long and venerable history in our constitutional republic, dating back to the First Continental Congress in 1775; and

 

WHEREAS, The Declaration of Independence, our first statement as Americans of national purpose and identity, asserted that people have God-given inalienable rights; and

 

WHEREAS, The Supreme Court has affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer and the Supreme Court and the U. S. Congress begin each day with prayer; and

 

WHEREAS, In 1998, legislation setting aside the first Thursday in May of each year as a National Day of Prayer was passed unanimously by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Ronald Reagan; and

 

WHEREAS, The National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for Americans of all faiths to join in united prayer to acknowledge our Creator, to give thanks for our blessings and to seek Divine guidance throughout our days;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, John J. Dunne, Mayor of the Borough of Madison, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2001 as National Day of Prayer in our community and on behalf of the Governing Body, I encourage all residents to observe the day in ways appropriate to its importance and significance.

 

 

_______________________________________

John J. Dunne, Mayor

April 23, 2001

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Public Safety
Mrs. Holden, Chair of the Committee, reported on the Madison Housing Authority (MHA). Two residents are participating in a community service program while seeking work. Mrs. Holden passed her first course at Rutgers toward certification as a Commissioner, although as Liaison to the MHA, certification is not required.

Under "Transportation", Mrs. Holden gave a brief background on her work with Project for Public Spaces (PPS). PPS conferred with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and will pursue having Madison designated as the state's model community for a complete corridor study of Route 124 through Madison.

Mrs. Holden reported on recent discussions regarding the logistics of an old-time trolley with dedicated hours for Giralda Farms, which would be made available to the community at other times; a jitney route for proposed outlying parking areas; and interlocal agreements with neighboring communities for train station van service as well as senior citizen transport and job access programming.

Mrs. Holden also reported on the status of station-related projects. Engineering (rehabilitation) is 100% designed and jobs are out for bid; ADA access is at 30% design; Landscaping is at 10% design; as is the New Jersey Law Enforcement Memorial with their historically correct exterior renovation to the baggage building at 100% design. The police memorial board is dedicating itself to a $1 million fundraising campaign for historic restoration.


Mrs. Holden reported on the 25th annual TransAction Convention she attended recently where "eye-opening" information was given as to planning, costing and completion alternatives for bicycle and pedestrian routes. She and Sgt. Sabanosh will report back to Council in a few weeks on this subject.

 

Public Works and Engineering
Peter R. Flemming, Sr., Chair of the Committee, no report.

Finance and Borough Clerk
Ellwood R. Kerkeslager, Chair of the Committee, no report.

Utilities
Mark Renart Peck, Chair of the Committee, absent.

Community Affairs
Eleanor "Peachie" Attonito, Chair of the Committee, absent.

Health and Public Assistance

George Hayman, Chair of the Committee, reported under "Community Affairs". Meetings with merchants on parking are well attended and are beginning to show fruitful resolve. Mr. Hayman had no report as Chair of Health and Public Assistance.

ADVERTISED PUBLIC HEARINGS

1) Mayor Dunne called up Ordinance 14-2001 for second reading and ordered the Clerk to read the Notice and Ordinance by title:

ORDINANCE 14-2001

 

Ordinance of the Borough of Madison Amending Chapter 195 Entitled "Land Development" of the Borough of madison Code Regarding Establishment of a Private Outdoor Recreation Zone.

 

WHEREAS, the Master Plan recommends that a Private Outdoor Recreation (POR) zone be created that rezones the Madison Golf Course to Private Outdoor Recreation (POR); and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough Council has determined that Chapter 195 of the Borough of Madison Code should be amended in order to implement this Master Plan recommendation.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Borough of Madison, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey as follows:

 

SECTION 1. Chapter 195, Section 195-29A is hereby amended by adding POR Private Outdoor Recreation Zone.

 

SECTION 2. Chapter 195, Section 195-29B of the Borough Code entitled Zoning Map is hereby amended to include POR Private Outdoor Recreation Zone.

 

SECTION 3. The Schedule of area, yard, and building requirements contained in Schedule I at the end of Chapter 195 is amended by adding the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max.

Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

Height

(feet)

 

 

 

 

 

Min.

Front

Yard

 

 

 

 

 

Min.

Side
Yard

 

 

 

 

 

Min.

Rear

Yard

 

 

 

Min. Lot

Area

(sq. ft.)

Min.

Distance

From

ROW

Area To

Be

Calcu-

lated

 

 

 

 

 

 

Min. Lot

Width

 

 

 

 

 

Min. Lot

Depth

 

 

 

Max.

Imper-

vious

Cover

(%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

Requirements

               

Interior

Corner

     

POR

2-1/2

35

g

g

G

25 acres

NA

NA

NA

NA

3

 

g. A minimum perimeter building setback of 65 feet shall be provided. Parking shall be set back a minimum of 40 feet from the boundary line and shall be screened from adjacent properties and the public right-of-way.

 

 

SECTION 4. The Schedule of permitted, conditional and accessory uses contained in Schedule II at the end of Chapter 195 is hereby amended by adding a reference to the POR zone and by showing golf course and clubhouse as a principal permitted use in the POR zone.

 

SECTION 5. The ordinance shall take effect as provided by law.

This Ordinance was introduced by title and passed on first reading at a Regular meeting of the Council held on March 26, 2001, was published in the Madison Eagle on March 29, 2001 according to law, was posted on the Bulletin Board at the main entrance to the Hartley Dodge Memorial, and copies have been made available to members of the general public.

 

The Mayor opened the meeting to the public for a hearing on Ordinance 14-2001 and asked if anyone wished to be heard.

 

Steve McCann, Green Avenue, lives directly across from the golf course. He asked about wording in the ordinance which provides that all parking areas will be screened from adjacent properties. Mr. Mezzacca reported that this ordinance changes the zone in which the golf course is located. In effect, the golf course parking lot has become a non-conforming pre-existing use. If the golf course puts in a new parking lot, that would activate the ordinance provision.

 

John Hendricks, Midwood Terrace, commented on Ordinance 14-2001 and the provision for a "Private Outdoor Recreation" (POR) zone. He is not a member of the Madison Golf Club. He asked that the POR zone type of relief be offered to other categories of taxpayers as a way of preserving open space. He suggested that the POR zone threshold be lowered in each current property class to that amount of acreage that causes a property in that class to be assessed for "excess" acreage. Copies of his statement were given to Mayor and Council. Mayor Dunne said Council would certainly review his comments.

 

Since no one else wished to be heard, the public hearing was closed. Mayor Dunne announced that the vote on Ordinance 14-2001 would be postponed until Mr. Peck arrived at the meeting.

2) Mayor Dunne called up Ordinance 15-2001 for second reading and ordered the Clerk to read the Notice and Ordinance by title:

ORDINANCE 15-2001

 

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF MADISON APPROPRIATING $20,000.00 FROM THE GENERAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND FOR THE PURCHASE OF LIBRARY COMPUTER SERVERS

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Madison Free Public Library has recommended that the Borough purchase computer servers for the Madison Free Public Library for use with RoseNet; and

WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has attested to the availability of the funds in the General Capital Improvement Fund in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for this purpose; and

WHEREAS, the Borough Council has determined that the Borough should appropriate $20,000.00 from the General Capital Improvement Fund for the purchase of computer servers for the Madison Free Public Library for use with RoseNet; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Borough of Madison, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, as follows:

SECTION 1: The amount of $20,000.00 is hereby appropriated from the General Capital Improvement Fund for the purchase of computer servers for the Madison Free Public Library for use with RoseNet.

SECTION 2: The budget of the Borough is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this Ordinance.

SECTION 3: This Ordinance shall take effect as provided by law.

 

This Ordinance was introduced by title and passed on first reading at a Regular meeting of the Council held on April 9, 2001, was published in the Madison Eagle on April 12, 2001 according to law, was posted on the Bulletin Board at the main entrance to the Hartley Dodge Memorial, and copies have been made available to members of the general public.

 

The Mayor opened the public hearing on Ordinance 15-2001 and asked if anyone wished to be heard. Seeing none, the public hearing was closed.

 

Council Member Kerkeslager moved that Ordinance 15-2001 be read by title, passed on second reading and be finally adopted. Council Member Flemming seconded the motion. The Mayor solicited Council discussion. There being none, the following roll call vote was recorded.

 

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None


Absent: Mr. Peck, Ms. Attonito

Mayor Dunne declared the Ordinance adopted and finally passed, approved the same and ordered the Borough Clerk to publish the proper notice thereof in the newspaper and to record the Ordinance in the proper place.

3) Mayor Dunne called up Ordinance 16-2001 for second reading and ordered the Clerk to read the Notice and Ordinance by title:

ORDINANCE 16-2001

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF MADISON AMENDING CHAPTER 185-30 OF THE BOROUGH CODE TO PROHIBIT PARKING DURING CERTAIN HOURS ON COURT PLACE, DELBARTON DRIVE AND ROSEDALE AVENUE

WHEREAS, due the increased traffic and parking congestion near certain Borough fields due to the soccer and baseball season, the Madison Borough Police Department has recommended that parking be prohibited from April 1 to June 30 each year at the following locations during the hours noted: upon the north side of the entire length of Court Place, during the hours 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and during the hours 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday and upon the south side and entire cul-de-sac of Delbarton Drive, from Niles Avenue to Delbarton Park during the hours 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and during the hours 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday and upon the west side of Rosedale Avenue from Longview Avenue to Lewis Drive during the hours 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and during the hours 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday; and

WHEREAS, the Borough Council has determined that Chapter 185 of the Madison Borough Code entitled "Vehicles and Traffic" should be amended in order implement these changes.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the Borough of Madison, County of Morris, State of New Jersey as follows:

Section 1: Section 185-30 of the Code of the Borough of Madison entitled "Schedule II: "No Parking Certain Hours", subsection shall have the following added to it:

 

Name of Street

Side

Hours

Location

Court Place

North

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday,

12:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 1, to June 30

entire length

Delbarton Drive

South, entire cul-de-sac

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday,

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday April 1, to

June 30

Niles Avenue to Delbarton Park

Rosedale Avenue

West

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday,

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., Saturday April 1, to

June 30

Longview Avenue to Lewis Drive

SECTION 2: The signs designating the seasonal parking restrictions on Court Place, Delbarton Drive and Rosedale Avenue shall be installed just prior to the season commencement and shall be removed at the end of the designated season each year.

SECTION 3: This Ordinance shall take effect as provided by law.

This Ordinance was introduced by title and passed on first reading at a Regular meeting of the Council held on April 9, 2001, was published in the Madison Eagle on April 12, 2001 according to law, was posted on the Bulletin Board at the main entrance to the Hartley Dodge Memorial, and copies have been made available to members of the general public.

The Mayor opened the hearing on Ordinance 16-2001 and asked if anyone wished to be heard.

Joseph Lopinto, Delbarton Drive, pointed out that the date on the signs and in the ordinance of July 31 should read June 30, which coincides with the end of the Little League season. Sgt. Sabanosh has made the correction on the signs.

For the record, Mr. Peck arrived at the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Mr. Lopinto asked for the removal of the signs after the Little League season so residents do not have to look at the signs for 10 ½ months of the year.

Mr. Flemming moved that there be seasonal installation and removal of the signs.

In a long statement, Mr. Lopinto requested, on behalf of Delbarton Drive and Niles Avenue, some representation on the Recreation Committee, so further activities at Delbarton Park would allow advance notice and residents’ input. He also asked for a meeting with the Mayor. A meeting will be arranged through Council Liaison Peter Flemming for next week.

Mr. Kerkeslager seconded the motion. The motion was restated by Mr. Flemming.

Stephen Wells, Green Avenue and Little League Coach, disagreed with Mr. Lopinto's views. If individuals decide to live near a public park, residents will hear the sounds of children playing. He worried that the sense of commitment to Little League and the youth of Madison is being lost as a result of assertions of Mr. Lopinto. Mr. Wells will be invited to the meeting next week with the Mayor and Mr. Lopinto.

The Mayor spoke briefly about scheduling of games for the Little League season. Over 900 children signed up for Little League this year.

There was no further Council discussion and the motion to amend the ordinance was approved with the following roll call vote recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Peck, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None


Absent: Ms. Attonito

 

Council Member Flemming moved that Ordinance 16-2001 be read by title, passed on second reading and be finally adopted. Council President Holden seconded the motion. Mr. Mezzacca read the changes that will be incorporated into the ordinance for adoption. The first "Whereas" will change the date from July 31 to June 30 for removal of the parking restrictions. There will be a new Section 2 which will state that the signs designating the seasonal parking restrictions on Court Place, Delbarton Drive and Rosedale Avenue shall be installed just prior to the season commencement and removed at the end of the designated season each year. Section 3 will then read "This ordinance shall take effect as provided by law". There was no further Council discussion and the motion passed with the following roll call vote recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Peck, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None


Absent: Ms. Attonito

 

Mayor Dunne declared the Ordinance adopted and finally passed, approved the same and ordered the Borough Clerk to publish the proper notice thereof in the newspaper and to record the Ordinance in the proper place.

1) Mayor Dunne asked for a motion to adopt Ordinance 14-2001, which was introduced and read by title earlier, now that Mr. Peck was present at the meeting.

Council Member Kerkeslager moved that Ordinance 14-2001 be read by title, passed on second reading and be finally adopted. Mr. Peck seconded the motion. Council Members who are members of the golf club abstained from the vote. There was no Council discussion and the motion passed with the following roll call vote recorded:

Yeas: Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Peck

Nays: None


Absent: Ms. Attonito

Abstain: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Hayman

Mayor Dunne declared the Ordinance adopted and finally passed, approved the same and ordered the Borough Clerk to publish the proper notice thereof in the newspaper and to record the Ordinance in the proper place.

 

INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCES

Mayor Dunne ordered the Clerk to read Ordinance 17-2001 by title:

ORDINANCE 17-2001

 

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF MADISON APPROPRIATING $68,000.00 FROM THE GENERAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND FOR THE PURCHASE OF A ONE-TON PICKUP WITH PLOW AND TAILGATE LIFT AND ONE-TON UTILITY TRUCK WITH TAILGATE LIFT; ONE TRAILER WITH RACK AND SPARE TIRE

 

WHEREAS, the Borough Acting Superintendent of the Public Works Department has recommended that the Borough purchase a one-ton pickup with plow and tailgate lift, a one-ton utility truck with tailgate lift; and one trailer with rack and spare tire; and

 

WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has attested to the availability of the funds in the General Capital Improvement Fund in an amount not to exceed $68,000.00 for this purpose; and

 

WHEREAS, the Borough Council has determined that the Borough should appropriate $68,000.00 from the General Capital Improvement Fund for the purchase of a one-ton pickup with plow and tailgate lift, a one-ton utility truck with tailgate lift; and one trailer with rack and spare tire; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Borough of Madison, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, as follows:

 

SECTION 1: The amount of $68,000.00 is hereby appropriated from the General Capital Improvement Fund for the purchase of a one-ton pickup with plow and tailgate lift, a one-ton utility truck with tailgate lift; and one trailer with rack and spare tire.

 

SECTION 2: The budget of the Borough is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this Ordinance.

 

SECTION 3: This Ordinance shall take effect as provided by law.

 

Council Member Flemming moved that Ordinance 17-2001 be introduced by title, passed on first reading, that a public hearing be held and consideration for second reading and final passage of said Ordinance occur on May 14, 2001 at 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, Hartley Dodge Memorial, Kings Road, in the Borough of Madison, and the Clerk was directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

Council President Holden seconded the motion. There was no Council discussion and the motion passed with the following roll call vote recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Peck, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None


Absent: Ms. Attonito

Mayor Dunne ordered the Clerk to read Ordinance 18-2001 by title:

ORDINANCE 18-2001

 

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF MADISON APPROPRIATING $15,000.00 FOR FIRE TRUCK REPAIRS

 

WHEREAS, the Borough Fire Chief has recommended that the Borough repair the severe rust condition and deterioration to the rear compartments of Engine 1 and Tower 1; and

WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has attested to the availability of the funds in the General Capital Improvement Fund in an amount not to exceed $15,000.00 for this purpose; and

WHEREAS, the Borough Council has determined that the Borough should appropriate $15,000.00 from the General Capital Improvement Fund for the repair the severe rust condition and deterioration to the rear compartments of Engine 1 and Tower 1; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Borough of Madison, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, as follows:

SECTION 1: The amount of $15,000.00 is hereby appropriated from the General Capital Improvement Fund for the repair the severe rust condition and deterioration to the rear compartments of Engine 1 and Tower 1.

SECTION 2: The budget of the Borough is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this Ordinance.

SECTION 3: This Ordinance shall take effect as provided by law.

Council President Holden moved that Ordinance 18-2001 be introduced by title, passed on first reading, that a public hearing be held and consideration for second reading and final passage of said Ordinance occur on May 14, 2001 at 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, Hartley Dodge Memorial, Kings Road, in the Borough of Madison, and the Clerk was directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

Council Member Kerkeslager seconded the motion. There was no Council discussion and motion passed with the following roll call vote recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Peck, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None


Absent: Ms. Attonito

Mayor Dunne ordered the Clerk to read Ordinance 19-2001 by title:

ORDINANCE 19-2001

ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF MADISON APPROPRIATING $18,100.00 FROM THE GENERAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND FOR ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS, INSTALLATION OF AIR CONDITIONING UNITS, AND RESTORATION OF THE LAWN AT THE MUSEUM OF EARLY TRADES AND CRAFTS

WHEREAS, the Board of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts have recommended that the Borough appropriate $18,100.00 from the General Capital Improvement Fund for electrical improvements, installation of air conditioning units and the restoration of the lawn at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts located at Green Village Road and Main Street; and

WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has attested to the availability of the funds in the General Capital Improvement Fund in an amount not to exceed $18,100.00 for this purpose; and

WHEREAS, the Borough Council has determined that the Borough should appropriate $18,100.00 from the General Capital Improvement Fund for electrical improvements, installation of air conditioning units and the restoration of the lawn at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the Borough of Madison, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, as follows:

SECTION 1: The amount of $18,100.00 is hereby appropriated from the General Capital Improvement Fund for electrical improvements, installation of air conditioning units and the restoration of the lawn at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

SECTION 2: The budget of the Borough is hereby amended to conform with the provisions of this Ordinance.

SECTION 3: This Ordinance shall take effect as provided by law.

Council Member Kerkeslager moved that Ordinance 19-2001 be introduced by title, passed on first reading, that a public hearing be held and consideration for second reading and final passage of said Ordinance occur on May 14, 2001 at 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, Hartley Dodge Memorial, Kings Road, in the Borough of Madison, and the Clerk was directed to publish, post and make available said Ordinance in accordance with the requirements of law.

Council Member Peck seconded the motion. The Mayor solicited Council discussion. Mr. Peck did not support passage of this ordinance, as it was his understanding that the Museum was to become self-sufficient. Mrs. Holden also hoped the Museum would become self-sufficient, but saw these improvements as improvements to the Borough’s assets while encouraging the Museum toward self-sufficiency. Mr. Kerkeslager referred to the Museum as a tenant in the Borough’s building. They have raised over $1 million for the renovation of the building. The lease as written does not call for self-sufficiency but that expenses above a certain level may be requested of the Borough.

There was no further Council discussion and the motion passed with the following roll call vote recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Hayman

Nays: Mr. Peck


Absent: Ms. Attonito

 

INVITATION FOR DISCUSSION

Mayor Dunne opened the meeting to the public for their opportunity to ask questions and make comments. Mayor Dunne asked that upon recognition by the Chair, the person shall proceed to the lectern and give his/her name and address in an audible tone of voice, and print the same on the sheet provided for the record. He/she shall limit his/her statement to five (5) minutes or less.

Dick DeBiasse, business owner, 10 Central Avenue, proposed a revised Shade Tree ordinance which he distributed to Council.

Vince Licari, Shade Tree Authority Chair, was disappointed that the Shade Tree ordinance was not introduced tonight. Referring to the revised ordinance submitted by Mr. DeBiasse, Mr. Licari would agree to two of the changes proposed, one dealing with violations and penalties, and the other dealing with Landmark Trees where a property owner may remove that tree. Mr. Licari wanted assurance that the ordinance will be introduced at the next meeting.

The Shade Tree ordinance distributed by Mr. DeBiasse contained Mr. Licari’s signature. Mr. Licari announced that he did not authorize nor was he asked for permission to have his name put on the ordinance that Mr. DeBiasse submitted.

The Shade Tree Authority has not seen the revised ordinance as yet. Mr. Flemming suggested that he and Mr. Licari get together and Mr. Flemming bring back information to the Work Session. Mr. Kerkeslager asked if Council supports this ordinance for introduction at the first meeting in May. Copies need to be given to the public, and Shade Tree input is needed. This matter will be on the agenda of May 14 for discussion and will be on the Regular Meeting for introduction, assuming any changes are minor.

Skip DeBiasse, Park Avenue, spoke about the Shade Tree ordinance and the different versions. Mrs. Holden explained more about the Project for Public Spaces to answer his question. Mr. DeBiasse then asked Mr. Mezzacca if he had time to research the tax penalty situation. Mr. Mezzacca will get back to him later this week.

Larry Bruce, Laurel Way, had procedural questions and expressed dismay that Mr. DeBiasse was able to present changes at the last minute at this meeting and have them discussed. He was dismayed that the Shade Tree ordinance was not ready to be on the agenda this evening.

Don Bowen, Glenwild Road, thanked Mayor Dunne for his participation at the April 18th meeting of local mayors and townspeople concerning the aircraft noise problem out of Morristown Airport. He reminded the Mayor and Council and the public of the May 3rd meeting of QUEST in the Chase Room of the Madison Library.

Mr. Bowen was glad to hear Mrs. Holden’s report of PPS and public transportation, and he urged Council to pursue this path of inquiry. He offered assistance from the individuals involved in SEAMLESS and MADISON MATTERS.

 

Mr. Bowen encouraged talks about micro-easements as a way to preserve open space.

Steve Wells, Green Avenue, spoke about the procedure of introduction of an ordinance. He remarked that in the Work Session an ordinance was voted upon and there was consensus to introduce it. Mayor Dunne explained that the document Mr. Flemming presented at the Work Session was amended and Mr. Mezzacca was charged with integrating the changes into the ordinance. The ordinance was not ready by Tuesday before the Council meeting. The agenda is delivered home on Wednesday and the ordinance was not ready.

Mr. Licari, Shade Tree Authority Chair, stated he was never asked permission to have his name put on the document submitted to Council this evening by Mr. DeBiasse.

Since no other members of the public wished to be heard, the Mayor closed the invitation for discussion.

 

RESOLUTIONS

On motion by Council Member Peck, seconded by Council Member Hayman and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:

R 79-2001

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF MADISON AWARDING BID FOR THE PURCHASE OF MEDIUM VOLTAGE SWITCHGEAR TO G&W ELECTRIC COMPANY

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Madison publicly advertised for bids for the purchase of medium voltage switchgear in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1, et seq.; and

WHEREAS, the lowest bid was submitted by G&W Electric in the amount of $151,650.00; and

WHEREAS, the Borough Electric Utility Supervisor has recommended that the Borough Council award the contract to G&W Electric in the amount of $151,650.00; and

WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has attested that funds will be available in an amount not to exceed $151,650.00 for this purpose.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Borough of Madison, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, as follows:

1. The contract for the purchase of underground cable is hereby awarded to G&W Electric based upon its bid in the amount of $151,650.00.

2. The Mayor and Borough Clerk are hereby authorized and directed on behalf of the Borough to enter into the contract with G&W Electric in a form acceptable to the Borough Attorney.

The following roll call vote was recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Peck, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None

Absent: Ms. Attonito

 

On motion by Council President Holden, seconded by Council Member Kerkeslager and carried, the following Resolution was adopted:

R 80-2001 RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF MADISON APPROVING RAFFLES LICENSE APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY EPOCH INC. AND KUSTOM KNIGHTS KAR CLUB INC.

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The following roll call vote was recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Peck, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None

Absent: Ms. Attonito

 

On motion by Council Member Flemming, seconded by Council President Holden and carried, the following resolution was adopted:

R 81- 2001

RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF MADISON AWARDING CONTRACT TO WILFRED MAC DONALD, INC., FOR THE PURCHASE OF A LARGE TORO LAWNMOWER

 

WHEREAS, the Borough of Madison publicly advertised for bids for the purchase of a large Toro lawnmower in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1, et seq.; and

WHEREAS, the only bid was submitted by Wilfred MacDonald, Inc. in the amount of $74,849.00, less a trade-in of $18,015.00 for a net cost of $56,834.00; and

WHEREAS, the Borough Acting Superintendent of the Public Works Department has recommended that the Borough Council award the contract to Wilfred MacDonald, Inc. in the amount of $56,834.00 together with the trade in of the existing mower; and

WHEREAS, the Director of Finance has attested that funds will be available in an amount not to exceed $56,834.00 for this purpose.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Borough of Madison, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, as follows:

1. The contract for the purchase of a large Toro lawnmower is hereby awarded to Wilfred MacDonald, Inc. in the amount of $56,834.00, plus a trade in of the existing mower at a value of $18,015.00.

2. The Mayor and Borough Clerk are hereby authorized and directed on behalf of the Borough to enter into the contract with Wilfred MacDonald, Inc., in a form acceptable to the Borough Attorney.

The following roll call vote was recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Peck, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None

Absent: Ms. Attonito

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None.

 

APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS

On motion by Council Member Kerkeslager, seconded by Council Member Peck and carried, the following vouchers of the Borough of Madison were approved for payment, and the supporting documentation of said vouchers was made part of the Supplemental Minute Book:

Public Safety $12,469.54

Health & Public Assistance 7, 775.26

Public Works & Engineering 48,197.83

Community Affairs 3,086.96

Finance & Borough Clerk 45,781.87

Utilities 23,739.12

Total $141,050.58

The following roll call vote was recorded:

Yeas: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Hayman

Nays: None

Abstain: Mr. Peck

Absent: Ms. Attonito

 

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Kerkeslager was recognized by the Chair and spoke at length about his misgivings about going forward with the bid for renovations to the Hartley Dodge Memorial. He asked Council Members to take about l 1/2 months to have a new look at the alternatives and further discuss the disruptive impact and risks. Mrs. Holden and Mr. Peck strongly disagreed.

Mr. Kerkeslager moved to hold off issuing the bid for renovations to the Hartley Dodge Memorial building so Council has at least one meeting to discuss this. Mr. Hayman seconded the motion. During the Council discussion, Mr. Kerkeslager asked that Council allow up to three meetings to look at the alternatives. Mr. Flemming was opposed to holding off that many meetings. Mr. Peck and Mrs. Holden were opposed to any delay in going out for bid and were satisfied that it was discussed and considered thoroughly over a long period of time. There was no further Council discussion and the motion failed with the following roll call vote recorded:

Yeas: Mr. Kerkeslager, Mr. Hayman

Nays: Mrs. Holden, Mr. Flemming, Mr. Peck

Absent: Ms. Attonito

 

ADJOURNMENT

Since there was no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 10:18 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Marilyn Schaefer

Borough Clerk

cc: Mayor and Council

J. Allison

J. Mezzacca, Jr., Esq.

T. DeRosa

Department Heads

Approved May 30, 2001 (MS)

 

 

 

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