September 6, 2016

                                                                                       BOROUGH OF HADDON HEIGHTS

                                                                                                  Tuesday, September 6, 2016

                                                                                                                 Governing Body Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

Mayor Merryfield called the meeting to Order at 7:00 p.m. 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.”

 

ROLL CALL:

 

Mayor Merryfield asked Deputy Borough Clerk Compton for the roll call.

 

Under roll call, Council President Kathy Lange and Councilwomen Susan Griffith and Jackie Valvardi were present as well as Councilmen Stephen Berryhill, Richard DiRenzo and Vince Ceroli.  Solicitor Albert Olizi, Jr., Deputy Borough Clerk Katie Compton, CFO Christie Ehret and Administrative Assistant Marian Hauser were also present.

 

CAUCUS SESSION:

 

League of Municipalities Conference, November 15-17, 2016Deputy Clerk Katie Compton


Compton asked all of council to please let her know if they plan to attend the 2016 League of Municipalities Conference so she can register accordingly.  Council President Lange advised Compton that she plans to go.  Councilman DiRenzo explained that he is going to go but will register himself.

 

Mayor Merryfield asked Councilmembers if they had any other questions or comments regarding this evening’s Agenda.

 

Councilman DiRenzo questioned multiple items on the Bill List.  He asked the Superintendent of Public Works, John Ellis, why we are paying for work when we have a mechanic.  Ellis asked for clarification on which company he was referring to.  DiRenzo responded that he was questioning the payment to DeJaney.  Ellis replied that this payment was not for work, it was for parts for our mechanic to do the repairs. The next three (3) questions DiRenzo asked were regarding payments from the Neighbors Night Out Reserve account and were directed towards Councilwoman Griffith.  The first item he showed concern towards was a $200 payment to the Haddon Heights PTG for the Hoots and Howls Game Sponsorship. He asked if this was for a program.  Griffith responded that it was just a donation.  The second item he asked about was a $200 payment to Matthew Plevinsky for a Jazz Quartet for the Spaghetti Dinner.  He asked why we were passing a payment before the event.  Griffith responded that we are not paying the vendor yet, just preparing the checks in advance. The third item DiRenzo questioned was the payment to bond counsel for $5,300.  Solicitor Olizi responded that this is for the lighting project at the Devon Avenue field. The last item questioned was the Neighbors Night Out’s (NNO) $150.00 donation to the Hunter’s of the Sky program.  Councilwoman Griffith responded advising that this for a program for children at the Farmer’s Market that is being sponsored by NNO.

 

Mayor Merryfield ended Caucus session at 7:05 p.m. and announced that the Business Session would begin 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

 

Mayor Merryfield asked for a moment of silence and then led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

Mayor Merryfield 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 Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Council President Lange.  All members were in favor.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

 

Mayor Merryfield asked for a motion to approve the Minutes of the August 16, 2016 Council meeting.

 

A motion to approve the Minutes of the August 16, 2016 Council meeting was made by Council President Lange, seconded by Councilwoman Griffith.  Councilman Richard DiRenzo abstained.

 

COUNCILMEMBERS REPORTS:

 

Councilman DiRenzo had nothing to report.

 

Councilman Ceroli reported that the repairs to the manhole on Highland Avenue have been completed.

 

Councilwoman Valvardi had nothing to report.

 

Councilman Berryhill reported that he had met with Councilman DiRenzo about his ideas for future goals and projects for the Municipal Alliance.  DiRenzo gave him a book that he will bring to the next meeting. Within the Zoning and Construction Departments, Ron Newell, Zoning Official, is still working on the list of Abandoned/Vacant Properties.  It was decided that letters to these homes will not be sent out until the list is complete. He and Newell are working together to solve issues regarding the construction at DelBuonos Bakery and issues regarding two questionable duplexes that a concerned resident brought to their attention.

 

Berryhill explained that he is still looking for space in town to put addition community garden plots.  He encouraged all residents to give him ideas.

 

Councilwoman Griffith reported on the Barrington EMS.  A report of this is attached to these minutes.  There was no Environmental Commission meeting last month.  Griffith explained that there have been many tickets sold for the Spaghetti Dinner.  She reminded all that there is limited seating available for the event.  Tickets are now $25/adult and $10/child and are available at the Library, Wise Jewelers and through any member of Neighbors Night Out.

 

Griffith also reported that the Neighbors Night Out is looking to hold another Bonfire event in October.  She will have more information to report on that in the future.

 

Council President Lange reports that there have been many meetings with the Stakeholders about the Devon Avenue Field Lighting Project.  Unfortunately, the high school soccer families were not aware of these meetings so she had a full discussion with the chair of the Haddon Heights High School Soccer team.

 

Lange also reported that Fall/Winter 2016 program registration is ongoing.  She thanks Julie Yuhaze, Acting Program Coordinator, for putting everything together for the upcoming sessions.

 

Lange stated that she has organized a meeting with SeamlessGov on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 2:30 to discuss the possibility of online program registration.

 

Lange reported that the next Board of Education meeting will be held on September 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

Final Adoption and Public Hearing on Ordinance 2016:1434 – Ordinance Appropriating $25,000 Available in the Capital Improvement Fund to Provide for Sewer Manhole Improvements by the Borough of Haddon Heights

 

Seeing no one come forward for comment, a motion to close the Public Hearing was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Council President Lange.  All members were in favor.

 

A motion to adopt Ordinance 2016:1434 was made by Councilman Ceroli, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  Upon a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Resolution 2016:193 – 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) – Click it or Ticket Grant

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:193 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members voted in favor.

 

Resolution 2016:194 – 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) – Alcohol Education Rehabilitation and Enforcement Grant

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:194 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members voted in favor.

 

Resolution 2016:195 – 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) – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Grant

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:195 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilwoman Valvardi.  All members voted in favor.

 

Resolution 2016:196Resolution to Approve and File a Corrective Action Plan for 2015 Audit Report

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:196 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Ceroli.  All members voted in favor with the exception of Councilman DiRenzo who abstained.

 

Resolution 2016:197 – Resolution Authorizing Payment of Bills and Claims for the First Half of September

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:197 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Berryhill.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

 

Resolution 2016:198 – Resolution Approving a Raffle License for the Marine Corps League 1775 Detachment – Wagon of CheerDecember 14, 2016

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:198 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Ceroli.  All members voted in favor.

 

Resolution 2016:199 – Resolution Authorizing an Online Auction of Surplus Municipal Assets No Longer In Use

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:198 was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Ceroli.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor.

 

Resolution 2016:200 – Resolution Approving a Bingo License for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for the Purpose of Conducting Designer Handbag BingoOctober 7, 2016

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:200 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Councilwoman Griffith.  All members voted in favor.

 

 

Resolution 2016:201 – Resolution Approving a Raffle License for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for the Purpose of Conducting a Chinese AuctionOctober 7, 2016

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:201 was made by Councilwoman Valvardi, seconded by Council President Lange.  All members voted in favor.

 

 

Resolution 2016:202 – Resolution Authorizing Refund of Summer Recreation Fee

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:202 was made by Council President Lange, seconded by Councilwoman Griffith.  Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor with the exception of Councilwoman Valvardi who abstained.

 

Resolution 2016:203 – Resolution Authorizing Mayor to Execute A Pledge to Support The Governor’s Fairness Formula for Equal School Funding and Property Tax Relief

 

A motion to adopt Resolution 2016:203 was made by Councilman Ceroli, seconded by Councilman DiRenzo. Under a roll call vote, all members voted in favor with the exception of Councilwoman Griffith who abstained.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

Mayor Merryfield called for Public Comment on any matter.

 

Councilman DiRenzo addressed a question to Christie Ehret, CFO.  DiRenzo asked if we have received the School Board Tax Rate yet for this year.  Ehret explained that we have received the tax rate and it is printed on Tax Bills that were mailed out to all residents in July.

 

Seeing no further movement, a motion to close the public comment portion of the meeting was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman Berryhill.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Councilwoman Griffith, seconded by Councilman
Berryhill.  All members were in favor.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

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Katilyn Compton, Deputy Borough Clerk

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