July 18, 2017

                                                                               BOROUGH OF HADDON HEIGHTS

                                                                                                         Tuesday, July 18, 2017

                                                                                                                Governing Body Meeting Minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

Mayor Merryfield called the meeting to Order at 7:00 p.m.  He then read the following statement:

 

“In accordance with Section 5 of the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, notice of this meeting was posted on the bulletin board designed for that purpose and notice was transmitted to the official newspapers provided by Resolution adopted January 7, 2017.”

 

ROLL CALL:

 

Mayor Merryfield asked the Clerk for the roll call.

 

Under roll call, Council President Susan Griffith and Councilwomen Kathy Lange and Jackie Valvardi were present as well as Councilman Richard DiRenzo and Bryan Schroeder.  Solicitor Albert J. Olizi, Jr., Borough Clerk Kelly Santosusso and Deputy Clerk Katie Compton and CFO Christie Ehret and Fire Chief Michael Kinky were also present. 

 

CAUCUS SESSION:

 

Fire Hose Tester for Fire Department

 

Council President Griffith said that the Fire Chief currently hires a company annually to test our fire hoses.  Griffith said that they have been having issues with the attentiveness and quality of the service they have been receiving for the mandatory testing of the hoses.  She said the Fire Department spent $1,600 last year.  Griffith said that the Fire Department is interested in purchasing a fire hose tester.   She added that this purchase could save the town 20,000 over a ten year period.  Chief Kinky added that in conversations with Haddonfield’s Fire Chief, they would be interested in a joint purchase of the tester.  Griffith said that the CFO Ehret indicated that money is available in the budget to purchase it. 

 

Chief Kinky said that he obtained a quote today for a very good model for approximately $2,800 which includes a five year protection and maintenance plan.  He said that if we were to purchase the tester, we would spend less than we would pay for one year to have the hoses tested.   Councilwoman Valvardi asked if the warranty would be in effect for both towns.  Kinky responded yes. 

 

Griffith asked Solicitor if a resolution could be prepared authorizing the purchase.  Olizi said that we could possibly do a shared service with Haddonfield.  He said that he and Chief Kinky would go over the details.

 

Councilman Schroeder then asked if we were indemnified by the company we have been using.  He asked if we would be incurring any liability.  Kinky responded that if a hose were to fail, there would be no liability as long as thorough records are kept.  He said the failure of the hoses is unlikely as the testing is done at higher pressure than when they are in use in a fire so the likelihood of failure is low.

 

Lange clarified that the plan is to purchase the tester jointly with Haddonfield but that Haddonfield would be testing their own hose.  Lange and Councilman DiRenzo suggested that our Joint Insurance Fund consulted.  

Mayor Merryfield asked Councilmembers if they had anything they wanted to address.

 

Councilman DiRenzo questioned the fuel reimbursement from one of the inspectors from the Construction Office.  Councilwoman Valvardi pointed out that the reimbursement covered three months.  DiRenzo said he would like to see the mileage reports.

 

Councilwoman Griffith said that Ordinance 2017:1443 said that back in 2014 we bonded money for the Fire Department to purchase two vehicles.  She said that there is $32,000 left in the capital account.   She said the bond ordinance on the Agenda this evening reappropriates the money for the purchase of a police cruiser.  Mayor Merryfield added that Councilwoman Valvardi and Councilman DiRenzo were in agreement on this matter when the capital bond ordinance was being discussed. 

 

Lange said that she received the contract for the Small Explorer’s Park with a quote of approximately $33,000.  She said that she was hoping that we could lock in the pricing for the playground equipment.  She advised that this does not include site preparation or the Kindness rock section of the Park.  She asked how and if we would be able to do this.  Solicitor Olizi said that he would like to review the contract.  CFO Ehret explained that we cannot sign a contract without a certification of funds which guarantees the money is in the budget.  Schroeder suggested that it may be possible to place a deposit which may ensure the cost.  Olizi said he will review the contract.

 

Lange said that although she plans to vote for the introduction of the vacant and abandoned properties ordinance on this evening’s agenda however, she has put her questions in writing to the Solicitor regarding Section 6 of the Ordinance.

 

With Caucus items on the Agenda, Mayor Merryfield went around the table to the Council Members who were present to see if they had any issues they wished to discuss.

 

With no further caucus items to address, Mayor Merryfield concluded the Caucus session at 7:13 p.m. announcing that the Business Session will convene downstairs at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

BUSINESS SESSION:

Mayor Merryfield called the Business Session to order at 7:30 p.m. 

                                                                                                                                                                       

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND MOMENT OF SILENCE:

 

All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.

 

Resolution 2017:141 – Resolution Filling Vacancy on Council

 

Upon a roll call vote, all members voted in favor with the exception of Councilman DiRenzo who voted no.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT ON CAUCUS AND AGENDA ITEMS ONLY:

 

Mayor Merryfield called for Public Comment on Caucus and Agenda items only.  Seeing no movement, a motion to close the Public Comment portion of the meeting was made by Council President Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Lange.  All members present were in favor. 

 

Councilman Schroeder read a letter from Christopher Mrozinski who thanked Mayor and Council.  Mayor Merryfield announced that Christopher will be sworn in Thursday evening, July 20th and invited anyone

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mayor Merryfield asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of the June 20, 2017.

 

A motion to approve the Minutes of the June 20, 2017 Council meeting was made by Council President Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present were in favor with the exception of Councilman DiRenzo who abstained.

 

Mayor Merryfield asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of the July 5, 2017.

 

A motion to approve the Minutes of the July 5, 2017 Council meeting was made by Council President Griffith, seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  All members present with the exception of Councilman DiRenzo who abstained.

 

Mayor Merryfield asked for a motion to approve the Special Meeting Minutes of July 7, 2017 Council Meeting.

 

A motion to approve the Minutes of the July 7, 2017 Council meeting was made by Council President Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present were in favor.

 

Mayor Merryfield asked for a motion for a nomination to fill the vacancy on Council.  Council President made a motion to nominate Christopher Mrozinski to fill the unexpired term of Stephen D. Berryhill.  Councilwoman Lange seconded the motion.  Mayor Merryfield asked that Resolution 2017:141 be brought up for Council consideration. 

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

COUNCILMEMBER REPORTS:

 

Councilwoman Griffith reported on the 4th of July 4th 5K Run with 300 runners who participated.  Good turnout for the race and for the Parade.  She said that all went well at the After Parade Party at Hoff’s Park.  Griffith thanked Sue Griffith, Trish Sheilds, Bob Hunter, Sarah and Jim Cox and Administrative Assistants Marian Hauser and Julie Yuhaze. 

 

Griffith reported that the Haddon Heights Neighbors/Library Movie Night on Station Avenue on August 4th on Station Avenue in front of the Library.  All proceeds will benefit the Library.

 

HHN sponsored Kids Time at last Sunday’s Farmers Market.  This was to honor all first responders.  Hoagies were distributed by Hadddon Heights Neighbors and donations were collected for the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund.  Griffith thanked HHN.

 

Councilwoman Griffith gave the Police Department report for the month of June, a copy of which is attached.  Griffith announced that vehicular and foot patrol has been increased due to recent acts of criminal acts of mischeif that were discovered in Hoff’s Park.

 

Griffith said that the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over grant application from the Department of Transportation – we are waiting to hear late July or early August.  The HH Police Department strictly enforces prohibited parking laws and ordinances around schools, sports facilities and recreational centers.  Please obey all posted “no parking” signs in order to allow for the safe passage of pedestrians and vehicular traffic. 

 

Councilwoman Lange reported on the Department of Public Works – she said that the streets were swept prior to the Parade and barricades were placed throughout the route beginning from First Avenue through the end of the route.

 

Lange said that a water faucet was added to the Cabin making watering and other cleaning activities easier.  She said that our insurance company contractor has replaced the broken glass blocks at the snack stand at Barr Complex.  She said we are now waiting on special screens that will be installed once received.  Lange added that a variety of needed signs were ordered and will be installed next week.  Playground mulch has been installed at Hoff’s Park and twice monthly safety inspections have been conducted.  Cement work on the basketball court at Hoff’s Park was completed last Thursday and lastly, the Maple Avenue Pump Station parts are in and work is in progress on repairs. 

 

Lange said she attended the HH Business and Professional Association meeting – Fall Festival currently has 26 registered paid vendors in addition to some non-profits.  HHBPA posted 4th of July photos on their website.  She said there was concern regarding illegal parking along the Railroad Station which she reported to the Director of Public Safety, Council President Griffith and to Police Chief Koch.

 

Councilman DiRenzo had no report.

 

Councilwoman Valvardi had no report.

 

Councilman Schroeder said that he would like to thank Councilman Steve Berryhill for his seven and a half years of service to this Council, the town and the residents of Haddon Heights.  He said that Berryhill has been an outstanding public servant.  He said that some of his initiatives have included the founding of Sustainable Haddon Heights, the Community Garden and most recently the Hens in Heights Ordinance.  Schroeder said that he cannot say enough good things about Councilman Berryhill and his service to our town.

 

Councilman Schroeder said that he attended the Heights in Progress (HIP) meeting on July 10th along with Councilwoman Lange.  Membership is   He announced that the Heights or Busk event will be held downtown on July 22 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Event will include musicians, inflatables and luxury cars will be on display.   Musician and food will begin at 5.  Inflatables begin at 4 p.m. for the children. He reported that the Farmers Market continues to enjoy steady resident attendance.  Lastly, the group is working on the Sippin on Station Cheer Heights event for September.

 

Councilman Schroeder then announced that the next Environmental Commission meeting will be held on July 19th at 7 p.m. and the Shade Tree Commission will meet next Wednesday, July 26th at 7 p.m.  He said that they are hoping to know if we have received the Community Stewardship Incentive Program grant.

 

Schroeder reported that an informal meeting was held last Sunday regarding a Safe Route to Schools initiative.  He said that a few parents had approached him with interest in the program.  He said that this is a school driven project that requires school board approval.  He said two of the parents involved are secretary of the PTG and a transportation engineer in Philadelphia who is well versed in traffic design.  He said that both have children in school in town and hopes that the parents will make a presentation to Council in the future.
BOROUGH ENGINEER’S REPORT:

 

Craig Reilly of Bach Associates said that he would rely on the written report submitted unless there were any questions.  Council had no questions.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

Councilman DiRenzo’s addressed a quote in the RETROSPECT.  Clerk Santosusso responded saying that the quote was inaccurate and was simply misinterpreted by the reporter from the RETROSPECT. 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Introduction of Bond Ordinance 2017:1443 – Ordinance Reappropriating $32,000.00 Proceeds of Obligations Not Needed for their Original Purposes in Order to Provide for the Purchase of a Police Vehicle by the Borough of Haddon Heights

Public Hearing and Final Adoption is scheduled for August 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building located at 625 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

 

Mayor Merryfield asked for a motion to introduce Bond Ordinance 2017:1443.  A motion to introduce Bond Ordinance 2017:1443 was made by Council President Griffith and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Upon a roll call vote, all members voted in favor with the exception of Councilman DiRenzo who abstained.

 

Introduction of Ordinance 2017:1444 – An Ordinance Repealing Ordinance 2016-1429 and Providing for Registration, Maintenance and Management of Certain Properties and Providing for Penalties, Enforcement and Regulation to Reduce Registrable Real Property Within the Borough of Haddon Heights

 

Public Hearing and Final Adoption is scheduled for August 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building located at 625 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

 

Mayor Merryfield asked for a motion to introduce Ordinance 2017:1444.  A motion to introduce Ordinance 2017:1444 was made by Council President Griffith and was seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Upon a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.  Council President Griffith commented that she would like to recognize Councilman Steve Berryhill for his extensive work on this issue.

Resolution 2017:142 – Resolution Authorizing the Payment of Bills and Claims for the First Half of July

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2017:142 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  All members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2017:143 – Resolution Authorizing Refund of an Overpayment on a Cabin Rental

A motion to adopt Resolution 2017:143 was made by Councilwoman Lange, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present voted in favor with the exception

Resolution 2017:144 – Resolution Authorizing Refund of Street Opening Permit Deposit to W.C. Davis

A motion to adopt Resolution 2017:144 was made by Council President Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2017:145 – Resolution Requesting the Insertion of a Special Item of Revenue in the Budget of Any County or Municipality Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 (Chapter 159 P.L. 1948)

A motion to adopt Resolution 2017:145 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  All members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2017:146 – Resolution Authorizing a Refund for a Sewer Tie-in Fee

A motion to adopt Resolution 2017:146 was made by Council President Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2017:147 – Resolution Authorizing Payment of Bills and Claims for Second Half of July

A motion to adopt Resolution 2017:147 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Council President Griffith.  All members present voted in favor with the exceptions of Council President Griffith and Councilwoman Valvardi who both abstained on payments to Bollinger Prescription and Southern NJ Regional Benefits.  Councilmen DiRenzo and Schroeder both voted no on payment to Duane Morris.

   Resolution 2017:148 – Resolution Authorizing Refunds of Program Fees

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2017:148 was made by Councilwoman Lange, seconded by Councilwoman Griffith.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

Mayor Merryfield called for Public Comment on any topic anyone may wish to address.
Seeing no further movement, a motion to close the Public Comment portion of the meeting was made by Council President Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present were in favor.

 

 

Council went into Executive Session at 7:54 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF COUNCIL MEETING:

 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Council President Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present voted in favor.

 

8:52 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted: 

 

 

 

Kelly Santosusso, RMC

Borough Clerk

 

 

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