BOROUGH OF HADDON HEIGHTS
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Governing Body Meeting Minutes
Council President Lange called the meeting to Order at 7:00 p.m., noted that the Mayor was on vacation and 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 2, 2016.”
Council President Lange asked Borough Clerk Santosusso for the roll call.
Under roll call, Council President Kathy Lange, Councilwomen Susan Griffith and Jackie Valvardi were present as well as Councilmen Stephen Berryhill, Rick DiRenzo and Vince Ceroli. Solicitor Albert Olizi, Jr., Borough Clerk Kelly Santosusso and Administrative Assistant Julie Yuhaze were also present. Mayor Merryfield was absent.
Council President Lange asked Councilmembers if they had any questions or comments regarding this evening’s Agenda.
Review of Procedures for Event Signage on Haddon Heights Signs – Councilwoman Susan Griffith
Councilwoman Griffith said that she wanted to confirm that what she reported at the last meeting with regard to the process by which event signage is done is accurate. She said that Mark Zito of Art Sign handles the signage and charges a fee of $150 per sign. This includes the placement and removal of the signs. Council President Lange said that the process had been addressed several years ago but did not believe that we had established procedure in place. It was noted that Mayor Merryfield asked Council President Lange and Councilman DiRenzo to look into what if any procedures are in place. Councilman DiRenzo said he did not think that a business person outside of the borough should be making determinations or decisions as to what signs are placed over others. Councilwoman Griffith said that the typical time period for signs to be up is two weeks and that there has never been any problem with the current procedure. Council President said that she and Councilman DiRenzo would review the procedure.
Community Garden – Councilman Steve Berryhill
Councilman Berryhill said that our Community Garden has been very successful and wanted to bring to Council the possibility of adding another Garden in town. He said that a water source has been added to the current Community Garden and that the Police Benevolent Association contributed a shed for the storing of all tools. Berryhill noted that there is currently a waiting list of approximately five (5) people wishing to rent plots. Council President Lange suggested that Councilman Berryhill contact the tax assessor Tom Colavecchio as he may have suggestions of possible locations in town.
Council President Lange ended Caucus session at 7:20 p.m. and then announced that the Business Session would commence downstairs at 7:30 p.m.
Council President Lange called the business session to order at 7:30 p.m.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND MOMENT OF SILENCE
Council President Lange asked for a moment of silence in recognition of the passing of Terre Sullock who served our town on both the Planning Board and the Environmental Commission. All stood in a moment of silence. Lange then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION TO DARA RIGGS, Garnet Youth Football
Council President Lange read the Certificate of Recognition to Dara Riggs who has been involved with Garnet Youth Football since its inception six and half years ago. Lange recognized her dedication, time, effort and commitment to make the Garnet Youth Football Association so successful. Council President and Dara Riggs posed for a photo for the RETROSPECT.
PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION IN RECOGNITION OF THE PENN RELAYS, St. Rose of Lima Track Team
Council President invited Coach Carole Fesi to come forward to accept the Proclamation. Council President read the Proclamation recognizing the history of St. Rose in the Penn Relays and the service of Carole Fesi.
Lange recognized the members of both the boys and girls track teams. Ms. Fesi read the certificate of achievement to the girls team Emily McGrath, Dimitra Kossis (not present) Garcia, Emily Owens and Madison Robinson. Ms. Fesi then read the certificate of achievement to the boys: Nate Warren, Luke Van Auken, Matt Mascolo, Jimmy Bruno and Patrick Brady (not present). All came forward as their names were called and accepted individual certificates of achievement.
Council President Lange called for Public Comment on Caucus and Agenda items only.
Seeing no one come forward for comment, a motion to close the Public Comment portion of the meeting was made by Councilman Berryhill, seconded by Councilwoman Griffith. All members were in favor.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Council President Lange asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of the June 21, 2016 Council meeting. A motion was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Ceroli. All members were in favor.
Councilman DiRenzo had nothing to report this evening.
Councilman Ceroli announced that the Borough removed the four trees at Hoff’s Park that Council President Lange pointed out that were a safety concern. He also reported that he will have the copier quotes finalized prior to the next council meeting and will distribute so everyone has a change to review the information.
Councilwoman Valvardi reported that all employee reviews were completed in the administrative offices in Borough Hall with the exception of two which are to be completed prior to the next Council meeting.
Council President reported that Summer Rec is in its third week. She noted that we are in the midst of a good rental season.
Lange thanked Councilwoman Griffith for an outstanding job with the 4th of July Parade. Councilwoman Griffith mentioned and thanked Lenny Baker, Jim and Sarah Cox, Jackie Valvardi, Trish Sheilds and Susie Griffith. She said that she wanted to offer big thank you to Marian Hauser at Borough Hall for all of the work she did to help prepare for the Parade.
She then reported on Neighbors Night Out and announced that the Station Avenue fountain is up and running again.
Griffith noted that the retirement date of Tim Daly of the Fire Department has changed and is now July 29, 2016. She said that she has asked the Borough Clerk to advertise the position as soon as possible.
She then gave the monthly report on Barrington Ambulance: 53 calls in Haddon Heights, 25 people transported, average response time was 1.37 minutes, average on-location time was 5.04.
Griffith also gave the May Police Department report, a copy of which is attached to these minutes. She announced that the Police Department purchased off of State Contract two (2) new vehicles; we anticipate delivery in August. Lastly, she encouraged everyone to follow the HHPD’s Facebook page.
Councilman Berryhill announced that the Firecracker 5K Race was a success. They had 284 runners. All money raised from the event go to programs for drug and alcohol abuse in Haddon Heights.
He also reported that he is working on the abandoned properties ordinance and he is in the process of drafting a letter to send to the abandoned property owners in town.
He reiterated that we need to try to find another space for an additional Haddon Heights’ Community Garden.
Berryhill reported on the Construction Official’s comparative construction report and stated that we have issued 42 more permits and five more additions this year than last year. The value of construction is $3,273,296 and the permit fees amount to $88,895.00 for this year so far.
Councilman Berryhill thanked Construction Official John Szczerbinski for all of the hard work that he does.
Public Hearing on Ordinance 2016:1432 – An Ordinance of the Borough of Haddon Heights, County of Camden, New Jersey, Re-Appropriating Certain Funded Appropriation Balances Heretofore Provided for Various Capital Projects and Re-Appropriating Such Funded Appropriation Balances for Other Capital
Council President Lange opened the Public Hearing on Ordinance 2016:1432. Seeing no one come forward for comment, a motion was made to close the public hearing by Councilwoman Susan Griffith, seconded by Councilman Berryhill.
John Schmidt, Gloucester City – Mr. Schmidt said that his comment was regarding the advertising of the reappropriating bond ordinance. He asked Council if they were aware of the cost of advertising of the ordinance due to the fact that it had to be advertised twice. Borough Clerk Santosusso answered $100.00.
A motion to adopt Ordinance 2016:1432 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Councilman DiRenzo. Under a roll call vote, all members voted yes.
Resolution 2016:153 – Resolution Appointing Members to the Neighbor’s Night Out Committee
A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:153 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Berryhill. Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor with the exception of Councilman DiRenzo who abstained. DiRenzo said he did not feel it was fair that the website did not have a posting asking for members.
Resolution 2016:154 – Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Execute A Shared Services Municipal Alliance 2016-2017 Agreement between the Borough of Haddon Heights and The County of Camden In Conjunction with the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:154 was made by Councilman Berryhill, seconded by Councilman Ceroli. Councilman DiRenzo asked councilman Berryhill how much we got this year. Berryhill said he does not know the amount. Santosusso responded about $16,000. Santosusso explained that this agreement is to allow us to move forward to receive the funds. All members voted in favor
Resolution 2016:155 – Resolution Amending Resolution 2016:150 Resolution Authorizing Refund of a Cabin Rental Fee
A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:155 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Councilwoman Griffith. Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.
Resolution 2016:156 – Resolution Authorizing the Payment of Bills and Claims for First Half of July
A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:156 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Ceroli. Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor with the exception of Councilman DiRenzo who abstained on the payment to Mall Chevrolet but voted yes to every other expenditure.
Resolution 2016:157 – Resolution Authorizing the Refund of a Summer Recreation Fee
A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:157 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Councilman Berryhill. Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.
Resolution 2016:158 – Resolution Authorizing the Refund of a Community Garden Plot Fee
A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:158 was made by Councilman Berryhill, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi. Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.
Resolution 2016:159 – Resolution Awarding a Contract to Ronald Janney Electrical Contractor in the amount of $358,500 for the Purpose of the Installation of Field Lights on McCullough Field at Devon Avenue
A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:159 was made by Councilwoman Griffith seconded by Councilman Ceroli. Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor with the exception of Councilman DiRenzo who abstained. He added that he wished the Soccer Club well.
Resolution 2016:160 – Resolution Authorizing Summer Rec Counselor Hourly Rate
A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:160 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Berryhill. Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.
Council President Lange called for Public Comment on any matter.
Seeing no movement, a motion to close the Public Comment portion of the meeting was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Berryhill. All members were in favor.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:53 p.m.
Kelly Santosusso, RMC, Borough Clerk