May 1, 2018

                                                                               BOROUGH OF HADDON HEIGHTS

                                                                                                        Tuesday, May 1, 2018

                                                                                                         Governing Body Meeting Minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Council President Mrozinski 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 6, 2018.”

 

ROLL CALL:

 

Council President Mrozinski asked the Clerk for roll call.

 

Under roll call, Councilwomen Griffith, Valvardi and Madden were present as well as Councilmen Schreiber and Schroeder.  Mayor Merryfield was absent but excused.  Borough Solicitor Howard Long, Borough Clerk Kelly Santosusso and Deputy Clerk Katie Compton were also present. 

 

CAUCUS SESSION:


Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
Councilwoman Griffith

Councilwoman Griffith discussed the resolution that was passed at the April 17th meeting appointing Stephen Kinky as the Emergency Management Coordinator. She explained that there is a resolution on this evening’s agenda naming Benjamin Zwaska from the Fire Department as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator to shadow Kinky for the remainder of the year.

 

Department of Public WorksCouncilman Schreiber

Councilman Schreiber explained he was originally going to address matters related to the Shade Tree Commission but said that there was a sewer main break today on Guyer Drive.  He said that Public Works responded quickly and made proper notification to the Department of Environmental Protection.  He further explained a contractor was on site to address the issue and that a resolution on the agenda this evening declaring the sewer main break an emergency which will allow the Borough to repair and spend outside of the procurement laws.

 

Councilman Schreiber also said that he spoke to Roni Olizi and Kelly Santosusso today regarding the Shade Tree Commission.  He explained that two members that were appointed to the commission in January that no longer wish to serve. He said it was agreed that Olizi will present council with recommendations for appointment to the Commission at next meeting caucus meeting.  He said that reporting on budgetary issues will be addressed as well.  Clerk Santosusso stated that Frank Spadea and Dave Taraschi from Department of Public Works will attend the Shade Tree meetings going forward to assure that all are on the same page.

 

With no further Caucus items to address, Council President Mrozinski asked the council members if they had any other items they wished to discuss.

 

Councilwoman Madden asked Council if there was interest in creating a dog park in town.  She explained that she is aware there has been discussion about this in the past with no plan ever coming to fruition.  Councilman Schreiber also said that this is a topic that has been brought up many times during the Environmental Commission meetings as well as having discussions with Maggie McCann who is director of parks for Camden County.  Madden specified the issues that the borough may face including the cost of fencing, areas, and water sourcing.

 

Solicitor Howard Long asked if any attorney on council would be willing to swear in the Emergency Management Coordinator and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator at the meeting.  Councilwoman Madden offered to administer the Oath of Office to the new appointees.

 

Long also announced that council will be adding two contract matters on for the Executive session: Shared Service Agreement with Audubon and Emergency contracts.

 

Borough Clerk Kelly Santosusso informed council that she was notified today that our Rental Custodian resigned and she needs permission to repost the position.  Council gave permission.

 

Council President Mrozinski gave council a brief update on the new website implementation. He said that he, Katie Compton, Councilman Schroeder, and Kelly Santosusso met on Friday to review a number of proposals that were compiled by Katie.  She will be following up with the companies to answer additional questions.  He hopes to have a recommendation to present to council at the next meeting.

BUSINESS SESSION:

 

Council President Mrozinski called the Business Session to order at 7:30 p.m. 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND MOMENT OF SILENCE:

 

Council President Mrozinski asked all to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.

 

Council President Mrozinski recognized the presence the Honorable Nan Famular.  He also thanked the audience for attending this evening.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON CAUCUS AND AGENDA ITEMS ONLY:

 

Council President Mrozinski called for Public Comment on Caucus and Agenda items only.  Seeing no movement, Council President Mrozinski asked for a motion to close the Public Comment portion of the meeting. 

 

A motion to close Public Comment was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  All members present were in favor.

 

PRESENTATION OF RETIREMENT PLAQUE TO CHIEF BRUCE KOCH – Councilwoman Griffith

Councilwoman Griffith read the Proclamation aloud.  Chief Koch thanked all in the audience for coming out.  Council President Mrozinski said that it has been his pleasure to work with Chief Koch and that the borough has been very well served during his tenure.

 

Council President Mrozinski then explained that we are going to be bringing three (3) resolutions up from the New Business section of the Agenda. 

Resolution 2018:118 – Resolution Appointing Michael C. Scardino To The Position Of Chief of Police Of The Haddon Heights Police Department

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:118 was made by Councilwoman Griffith and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

 

Resolution 2018:119 – Resolution Appointing Thomas S. Schneider To The Position of Captain of Police Of The Haddon Heights Police Department
A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:119 was made by Councilwoman Griffith and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

 

Resolution 2018:125 – Resolution Appointing Benjamin Zwaska to the Position of Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:125 was made by Councilwoman Griffith and seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

 

Council President Mrozinski called Captain Michael Scardino and his family to the microphone for the Oath of Office to be administered by the Honorable Nan Famular.
SWEARING IN OF CAPTAIN MICHAEL SCARDINO TO THE POSITION OF CHIEF IN THE HADDON HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Chief Koch exclaimed that he is honored to see Mike Scardino become the 15th Chief in Haddon Heights.  Koch explained that Scardino has earned every ounce of this promotion.  He has the best of the town in his heart and knows he will do a great job.

 

Michael Scardino said it is a privilege to be Chief after growing up here in Haddon Heights.  He has learned many things from the past Chiefs he has served under.  He thanked his wife, Toni, who has been by his side throughout his career.

 

Council President Mrozinski called Sgt. Thomas Schneider and his family forward to the microphone for the Oath of Office to be administered by the Honorable Nan Famular.

 

SWEARING IN OF SGT. THOMAS SCHNEIDER TO THE POSITION OF CAPTAIN OF THE HADDON HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Thomas Schneider thanked Mayor and Council for always supporting the Police Department.  He also thanked his family and everyone for coming to the meeting tonight.

 

Captain Scardino explained that Schneider’s work ethic is great after only being on the force for 10 years.  He said there is no one more deserving of this honor.  He said it definitely takes two administrators to run the Police Department and there is no one else he would rather have by his side.

 

Council President Mrozinski called Stephen Kinky and his family to the microphone for the administering of the Oath of Office by Councilwoman Stephanie Madden.

 

SWEARING IN OF STEPHEN KINKY TO THE POSITION OF OFFICER OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Council President Mrozinski called Benjamin Zwaska and his family to the microphone for the administering of the Oath of Office to be administered by Councilwoman Stephanie Madden.

SWEARING IN OF BENJAMIN ZWASKA TO THE POSITION OF DEPUTY OFFICER OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Council President Mrozinski called for a five (5) minute recess.

 

PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION DECLARING JUNE 1, 2018 AS NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY IN HADDON HEIGHTS.  Council President Mrozinski read the Proclamation and thanked the representatives present.

 

All posed for photos taken by the RETROSPECT.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:

 

Council President Mrozinski asked for a motion to approve the Council meeting minutes of April 17, 2018.  A motion was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Schroeder. All members present voted in favor with the exception of Councilman Schreiber who abstained.

 

COUNCILMEMBER REPORTS:

 

Councilwoman Madden thanked Chief Bruce Koch for his service to our community.  She also congratulated incoming Chief Scardino and incoming Captain Schneider on their promotions.  She explained that we are so fortunate to have such wonderful public safety in our community.

Madden also reported on Heights In Progress’ Rhythm and Brews event, stating that it was a smashing success.  She said they had 4,500 attendees that had their I.D.’s scanned.  She said needless to say, the event was packed.  It certainly drew a lot of people to our town and hopefully will draw people to come back.  She thanked Heights in Progress for organizing the event, the Police and Fire Departments for keeping everyone safe and the Department of Public Works for setting up and cleaning up.

Councilwoman Griffith wished Chief Koch the best in his future endeavors.  She explained it has been an honor to work with him over the past few months.  She said his dedication to the town is duly noted.  She also congratulated the incoming Chief and Captain and said she looks forward to working with everyone.

Councilman Schreiber congratulated Chief Koch, stating he knows he is a man of great integrity.  He also congratulated the incoming Chief and Captain.

Schreiber reported that he was working with Solicitor Long and Clerk Santosusso to issue an RFP for a Special Engineer to provide us with an Asset Management Plan for our sewer system.  The goal is to get ahead any issues of so we do not have to deal with large emergencies.

Councilwoman Valvardi congratulated her ‘family in blue’, Michael Scardino and Tom Schneider on their promotions.  She wished Chief Koch the best in everything he does.

Councilman Schroeder echoed all comments and congratulated Chief Koch on his retirement.

Schroeder also explained that he hopes to have a follow up discussion regarding the Devon Avenue Tennis Courts at the next meeting. 

Schroeder also reported he received a suggested list of members for a Committee for the Small Explorers Playground from Kathy Lange that he distributed to all mayor and council for review.  He said he hopes to have a resolution on the Agenda at the next council meeting.

Schroeder stated that the next Heights In Progress meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m.  The next Business and Professional Association meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9th at the Village Cheese Shop.

Council President Mrozinski congratulated Chief Koch and explained that he has set up the Police Department very nicely and looks forward to seeing him around town.  He appreciates all of Koch’s service.

Chief Bruce Koch said he was a little overcome when he was presented with the plaque and could not speak directly to council at that time.  However, he thanked all past and current Mayors and Councils for their support of him and the Department over the years.  Koch explained he is honored that the borough provided him with such a wonderful career.  He said he thanks everyone from the bottom of his heart.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

Public Hearing and Final Adoption of Ordinance 2018:1449 – Ordinance Amending Chapter 213 of the Code of the Borough of Haddon Heights Entitled Cabin Usage and Community Center Usage

 

Seeing no movement, Council President Mrozinski asked for a motion to adopt Ordinance 2018:1449.  A motion to adopt Ordinance 2018:1449 was made by Councilman Schreiber, seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Public Hearing and Final Adoption of Ordinance 2018:1450 – An Ordinance Authorizing Salaries, Wages and Reimbursements to be Paid to Non-Contractual Employees of the Borough of Haddon Heights

 

Seeing no public comments, Council President Mrozinski asked for a motion to adopt Ordinance 2018:1450.  A motion to adopt Ordinance 2018:1450 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Resolution 2018:120 – Resolution Authorizing Payment of Bills and Claims for First Half of May

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:120 was made by Councilwoman Griffith and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor with the exception of Councilwomen Griffith and Valvardi who both abstained from payments to Horizon, VSP, and Southern New Jersey Regional Benefits Fund.

Resolution 2018:121 – Resolution Authorizing Refund of a Rental Fee

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:121 was made by Councilman Schroeder and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:122 – Resolution Authorizing Refund of a Program Fee

 

 A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:122 was made by Councilman Schroeder and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:123 – Resolution Awarding A State Contract for A 2018 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle
Through Winner Ford, State Contract #88728 And Authorizing A Three Year Lease With KS State Bank

 A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:123 was made by Councilwoman Griffith and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:124 – Resolution Providing For a Meeting Not Open To The Public In Accordance With The Provisions Of The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12. 1.)  Personnel in the Police Department.  2.)  Shared Services Agreement with Borough of Audubon related to the Department of Public Works.  Discussion is expected to be ½ hr. in duration.  Formal action may be taken. 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:124 was made by Councilwoman Griffith and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  All members voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:126 – Resolution Establishing An Emergency Related To A 12” Sanitary Sewer Main Break Located At The Rear Of 512 Guyer Drive In The Borough Of Haddon Heights

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:126 was made by Councilwoman Madden and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Upon a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

Council President Mrozinski called for Public Comment on any topic anyone may wish to address. 

 

Seeing no movement, Council President asked for a motion to close this portion of the meeting. A motion was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members voted in favor.

 

Council President Mrozinski announced that council will be going upstairs for executive session.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Following executive session, a motion to open the meeting was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  All members were in favor. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Councilman Schroeder and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present were in favor.

 

8:53 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted: 

 

 

Kelly Santosusso, RMC

Borough Clerk

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