May 15, 2018

                                                                               BOROUGH OF HADDON HEIGHTS

                                                                                                        Tuesday, May 15, 2018

                                                                                                         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 6, 2018.”

ROLL CALL:

Mayor Merryfield asked the Clerk for roll call.

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

CAUCUS SESSION:

Seeing no items on the Caucus Agenda, Mayor Merryfield went around the table to see if any Councilmembers had anything they wanted to discuss.

Councilman Schreiber asked Council for clarification on Resolutions 2018:139 and 2018:140.   Councilwoman Valvardi explained that these positions were discussed during the budgeting process.  She said that both of these employees have taken on roles outside of their job descriptions and should be compensated.  Valvardi explained that these increases will be retroactive to January 1, 2018.

Councilman Schroeder explained that he has received notice that Haddon Heights’ Safe Routes To Schools Program has received Silver Status.  This is a three (3) year certification.  He said that we are the only town that has received this status in Camden County.  He is waiting on the official report.

Councilman Mrozinski explained that the Economic Development Committee has drafted a welcome packet for new businesses in town.  He will distribute copies of this draft and welcomes suggestions and/or comments

Mrozinski also advised that Deputy Clerk Compton distributed a summary of the website companies that she has been researching.  We will hopefully be making a determination by the next meeting.

Solicitor Howard Long explained that there are three (3) ordinances on the agenda in regards to Construction and Zoning.  He said the first ordinance just brings us into compliance where we can increase fines and fees for penalties for certain property maintenance issues.

The second ordinance is relative to the registration of rental units in town.  If you rent your property out to tenants, landlords will be required to register with the borough.  This allows the borough to be notified whenever there is a change in ownership or occupancy.

The third ordinance is to initiate a Residential Certificate of Continued Occupancy which would be a $50 fee.  This requires the Borough to conduct a thorough inspection before resale.  This is an opportunity to notice issues with properties and ensure that homes are in compliance with the property maintenance code and the zoning laws.

Borough Clerk Kelly Santosusso mentioned a resolution on the agenda regarding establishing an emergency regarding a sewer blockage.  She explained that this occurred as the result of a jetter getting stuck in the sewer line.  She advised that there is a need to request proposals for emergency sewer services and emergency and non-emergency tree maintenance so that we have set rates. 

Santosusso also announced that we have hired a new Administrative Assistant for the Service Operations Facility who will start begin Monday, May 21st.

BUSINESS SESSION:

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

PUBLIC COMMENT ON CAUCUS AND AGENDA ITEMS ONLY:

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

A motion to close Public Comment was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Councilman Schreiber.  All members present were in favor.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND MOMENT OF SILENCE:

Mayor Merryfield asked all to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.

Resolution 2018:127 – Resolution Appointing Daniel R. Kinkler to the Position of Sergeant of Police In the Haddon Heights Police Department

Resolution 2018:128 – Resolution Appointing Brett M. Lightner to the Position of Sergeant of Police In The Haddon Heights Police Department

Resolution 2018:129 – Resolution Appointing Megan J. Propati to the Position of Patrol Officer In the Haddon Heights Police Department

A motion to adopt Resolutions 2018:127, 2018:128, and 2018:129 was made by Councilman Schreiber, seconded by Councilwoman Madden. All members present voted in favor.

SWEARING IN OF PATROLMAN BRETT LIGHTNER TO THE POSITION OF SERGEANT IN THE HADDON HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT Mayor Jack D. Merryfield

Sgt. Brett Lightner thanked everyone in the crowd for coming out.  He also thanked Mayor and Council for their

constant support.  He went on to thank his wife and his family for their sacrifices have directly contributed to his success.

SWEARING IN OF PATROLMAN DANIEL KINKLER TO THE POSITION OF SERGEANT IN THE HADDON HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT Mayor Jack D. Merryfield

Sgt. Daniel Kinkler thanked all for the opportunity.

Chief Bruce Koch said Sgt. Kinkler does a great job every day has never seen a more tenacious officer walk through the door.  He has been Officer of the Year three (3) times and has earned every bit of this promotion.  He said he is very proud.

SWEARING IN OF SLEO MEGAN PROPATI TO THE POSITION OF PATROL OFFICER IN THE HADDON HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT Mayor Jack D. Merryfield

 

Patrol Officer Megan Propati thanked everyone for attending.  She also thanked Chief Koch and Chief Scardino for taking her in.

Chief Bruce Koch explained that Patrol Officer Propati came to the borough in the beginning of the year as a Special Law Enforcement Officer.  He said she has does a great job.  He looks forward to her having a very long career with Haddon Heights.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:

Council President Mrozinski asked for a motion to approve the Council meeting Minutes of May 1, 2018.  A motion was made by Councilwoman Madden, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present voted in favor.

COUNCILMEMBER REPORTS:

Councilwoman Madden congratulated Sergeants Kinkler and Lightner for their promotions, and especially congratulation Patrol Officer Megan Propati for being Haddon Heights’ first female Patrol Officer.  This is a great milestone for the town and she will be a great role model for all of the young girls in town.

Board of Education meeting was held on May 3rd where the main focus was the budget. It was approved. 

This Sunday is the Camden County Rails to Trails event. It will begin at 10:00 am at the Kove in Audubon, people will bike from Kove, to E. Atlantic Avenue in Haddon Heights where there will be Bounce houses, food trucks, and vendors from our weekly Farmer’s Market.

On Memorial Day, we will be having a ceremony that starts at Kings Highway and W. Atlantic Avenue, at the Sons of Italy, where there is a World War 1 memorial. After the memorial service, we will proceed down W. Atlantic Avenue, down Station Avenue, to the Cannons, where there is a second ceremony. 

Finally, on Tuesday, May 29th, there will be a student led gun control rally at Haddon Heights High School Donald Norcross will be in attendance. 

Council President Mrozinski echoed what Councilwoman Madden regarding the new Police Department Promotions. He congratulated Sergeants Lightner and Kinkler, as well as Patrol Officer Propati. He said Chief Koch has done a great job in the department and has set us up so nicely to function smoothly after his retirement.

The Economic Development Committee meeting is on May 26th.  The welcome packets and recruitment package are drafted. The traffic calming initiative is progressing well, next meet we will have final recommendation for website.

Councilman Schreiber also echoed the congratulatory remarks to the new Sergeants and Patrol Officer. 

Schreiber reported that he has had a great conversation with the engineer Steve Bach last week and he told him what he wanted to commit to moving forward. These items include the Sewer Small System Asset Management Plan, to create a priority list of streets that are in poor condition, and then go up to the NJ environmental infrastructure bank to find ways to fund bother of these projects moving forward.

Councilwoman Valvardi also congratulated the new officers who were promoted in the Police Department.  She announces that the next Haddon Heights Neighbors meeting is scheduled for May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference room.  Their next event is the Soirée En Blanc on June 9th.

Councilman Schroeder reported on the May 7th Heights in Progress meeting where the Perkins Grant was discussed.  This grant was conditionally approved by the Historic Preservation Commission and is on the agenda for the next Planning Board meeting.  This year is the seventh consecutive season for the Farmer’s Market.  There are approximately 30 vendors committed to attend, seven of which are new this year.  During the first Farmer’s Market of the season, about approximately 250 visitors attended.  He gave a summary of the Rhythm and Brews event, where he reported that approximately 4,300 I.D.s were scanned, which includes 2,900 new scans from the previous year.  A large majority of guests were in the 30-40 age range.

Schroeder also reported that the Tennis Court meeting is scheduled for May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room.  During this meeting, we hope to identify the objectives we want to achieve.  He will gather information for Council and report back.

Finally, Schroeder announced that the Borough’s Safe Routes to Schools program received a Silver Certification. We are the first group in Camden County to receive this level of certification.  He gave a special thanks to

Kate Russo, Danielle Linaris, Principals Ormsby and Sassano, Sgt. Lightner and all of the parent volunteers.

 ENGINEER’S REPORT:

Steve Bach, 304 White Horse Pike – Bach explained that his formal report is included in the agenda packet however, he wished to highlight a few items.  In regard to the Station Avenue pedestrian improvements at both East and West Atlantic Avenue, he is meeting with the County next week.  He will report back with more information following the meeting.  In regard to the reconstruction of W. High Street, Phase IV, we received the grant and have already begun the survey.  He said he hopes that we can begin the work this summer.

Bach also reported that all three (3) contracts for both ADA roof and step improvements, as well as the CDBG FY 2018 Handicap Ramp program have been awarded. 

Finally, Bach explained that he believes the Kings Highway pedestrian improvement project is in the process of being procured by the County, and will  hopefully be installed this summer.  He has also been looking at the N. and S. Park pedestrian area, which will be the next pedestrian safety project.

NEW BUSINESS:

Introduction of Ordinance 2018:1451 – An Ordinance Amending Certain Fines and Penalties Within The Code of the Borough Of Haddon Heights

A motion to introduce Ordinance 2018:1451 was made by Councilman Schreiber and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Introduction of Ordinance 2018:1452 – An Ordinance Entitled: “Registration Of Residential Rental Units” Of The Code Of The Borough Of Haddon Heights, In The County Of Camden, State Of New Jersey

A motion to introduce Ordinance 2018:1452 was made by Councilwoman Madden and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Introduction of Ordinance 2018:1453 – An Ordinance Entitled “Residential Certificate Of Continued Occupancy” Of The Code Of The Borough Of Haddon Heights, In The County Of Camden, State Of New Jersey

A motion to introduce Ordinance 2018:1453 was made by Councilman Schreiber and seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:130 – Resolution Authorizing Salaries, Wages and Reimbursements to Be Paid To Non-Contractual Employees Of The Borough Of Haddon Heights

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:130 was made by Councilman Schreiber and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:131 – Resolution Authorizing a One Day Social Affair Permit for Haddonfield Rotary Club

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:131 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  All members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:132 – Resolution Authorizing the Payment of Bills and Claims for Second Half of May

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:132 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor with the exception of Councilman Schroeder who abstained from a payment to Jacqueline Schroeder.

Resolution 2018:133 – Resolution Authorizing Chief of Police Michael Scardino to Issue Gun Permits

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:133 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  All members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:134 – Resolution Designating Chief of Police Michael Scardino as Custodian of Petty Cash Fund

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:134 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:135 – Resolution Requesting the Insertion of a Special Item of Revenue In The Budget Of Haddon Heights Pursuant To N.J.S.A. 40A:4-87 (Chapter 159 P.L. 1948) – Bullet Proof Vest Grant

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:135 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:136 – Resolution Establishing a Small Explorers Playground Steering Committee

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:136 was made by Councilman Schroeder and seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:137 – Resolution Approving a Raffle License For the Rotary Club of Haddonfield For The Purpose Of Conducting a 50/50 Raffle – June 9, 2018

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:137 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:138 – Resolution Authorizing the Refund of a Program Fee

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:138 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:139 – Resolution Appointing Kelly Santosusso To the Position of Operations Manager For The Borough of Haddon Heights

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:139 was made by Councilwoman Madden and seconded by Council President Mrozinski.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor with the exception of Councilmen Schroeder and Schreiber who both abstained.

Resolution 2018:140 – Resolution Appointing Eric Fitzgerald To The Position of Payroll Supervisor For The Borough of Haddon Heights

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:140 was made Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Council President Mrozinski.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor with the exception of Councilmen Schroeder and Schreiber who both abstained.

Resolution 2018:141 – Resolution Authorizing Issuance Of Planning/Zoning Escrow Refunds

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:141 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:142 – Resolution Establishing An Emergency Related To An 8” Sanitary Sewer Line Blockage On Third Avenue In The Borough Of Haddon Heights

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:142 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.

Resolution 2018:143 – Resolution Authorizing the Hiring Of A Part-Time Administrative Assistant In The Service Operations Facility

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:143 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  Under a roll call vote, all members present voted in favor.
Resolution 2018:144 – 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.  Matter related to Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et. seq.   Discussion is expected to be ½ hr. in duration.  Formal action may be taken. 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2018:144 was made by Councilman Schroeder and seconded by Councilwoman Madden.  All members present voted in favor.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mayor Merryfield called for Public Comment on any topic anyone may wish to address. 

John Gemmell, 1843 Sycamore Street– Addressed Solicitor Long and Council President Mrozinski to thank them.  He expressed his concerns regarding the Planning Board and the members of the board.  He also expressed his continuing concern regarding multi-family homes in Haddon Heights and the process that they are going through to become legalized.  There are specific properties that he is distress about, including 1840 Prospect Ridge Blvd and 1919 Sycamore Street. Solicitor Long explained that Council Members are not able to speak about Planning Board issues at Council Meetings.

Carl Ballier, 1321 Chestnut Avenue – Mr. Ballier thanked Council for approving the Board of Health’s new banner that will hang at their tent at the Haddon Heights Fall Festival.  He also expressed his concerns regarding the lack of cat and dog licenses that are obtained in Haddon Heights. He explained that the postman estimated that there are about 100 dogs in this section of town, and there are 7 sections of town. He estimated this to be 700 dogs, however only about 300 get licensed every year. He suggests that when council candidates go around to homes, if they hear a dog or see a cat, make a note. Then, let the Clerk’s office know so they can check to see if there is an animal license.

Kathy Lange, 26 First Avenue – Former Councilwoman Kathy Lange thanked Council for their support of Resolution 2018:136.

Seeing no more movement, Mayor Merryfield asked for a motion to close this portion of the meeting.  A motion was made by Councilwoman Madden, seconded by Councilman Schroeder.  All members present voted in favor.

Mayor Merryfield announced that council will be going upstairs for executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Following executive session, a motion to open the meeting was made by Councilman Schroeder, seconded by Council President Mrozinski.  All members were in favor. 

ADJOURNMENT:

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

 

9:11 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted: 

 

 

Kelly Santosusso, RMC

Borough Clerk

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