JANUARY 18, 2005


A.        Mayor Gatti calls the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. announcing that all laws governing Open Public Meetings Act have been met and that this meeting has been duly advertised.




            Contract Negotiations/DPW Local 469

            Contract Negotiations/PBA Local 317

            Personnel/Buildings & Grounds

            Personnel/Code Enforcement


            Contract Negotiations/Hunterdon County Housing Corporation

Contract Negotiations/Block 63, Lot 45 (Holman)

Contract Negotiations/Block 36, Lot 9 (Evergreen Farm)

            Contract Negotiations/Block 36, Lot 27 (Hidden Creek Farm)

Contract Negotiations/Municipal Auditing Services

            Contract Negotiations/Professional Services:            

                        Sharon A. Dragan, Esq., Twp. Attorney

                        Valerie Kimson Bollheimer, Litigation Services

Parker, McCay & Criscuolo, PA

Martin Allen, Esq., Tax Attorney

Studer & McEldowney, PA              

                        AEIS - Inspection of Lake Cushetunk Damn


            Attorney-Client Privilege/Executive Session Minutes

Litigation - Lackland and Lackland v. Township of Readington

                                Docket No. 3:02-5597 (GEB)


C.                 SALUTE TO THE FLAG.


D.        Swearing in of Carlos J. Ferreiro as 1st year certified/probationary police officer. 




F.                  CONSENT AGENDA:


All items listed with an asterisk “r” are considered to be routine by the Township Committee and will be enacted by one motion.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Committee member or citizen requests, in which event the item will be removed from the General Order of Business and considered in its normal sequence on the agenda.                                                                                                           


G.    r APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of meetings of December 27, 2004 and January 3, 2005.


                        H.        CORRESPONDENCE/OTHER INFORMATION:


1.         Notice dated January 3, 2005 from William G. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director, NJ State League of Municipalities urging opposition to A-3529 “Disability Pension Enhancement.”


2.         Notice dated December 30, 2004 from Rebecca E. D’Alleinne, Planning Board Administrator regarding public hearing of the 2005 Clinton Township Housing Element & Fair Share Plan.


3.         Memorandum dated January 6, 2005 from Karen Dysart, Clerk, Borough of Milford, regarding adoption of a resolution in opposition to the Fast Track Permitting Act, PL 2004, C. 89.


4.         Notice from Roberta A. Brassard, Municipal Clerk, Twp. of Tewksbury, regarding adoption of Ordinance #29-2004 - An Ordinance to Amend an Ordinance whose short title is “Tewksbury Twp. Development Regulations Ordinance (2000).”


            5.         Letter dated December 15, 2004 from Lou Cattuna, Section Chief, Bureau of Inland Regulation, NJDEP regarding NJDEP Freshwater Wetlands Letter of Interpretation/Line Verification - Solberg Aviation Co., Block 40, Lot 1 (entire file available for review in the Clerk’s Office).


            6.         Memorandum dated January 11, 2005 from Sharon L. Brienza, Municipal Clerk, Twp. of Branchburg, regarding public hearing of Ordinance #2005-975 Amending the Land Development Ordinance of the Twp. of Branchburg by removing the residential combination cluster option from the MDR zone.


I.          OLD BUSINESS:


1.         Chanco Development Corp. - request to use portion of escrow funds for the cash portion of Performance and Maintenance Bonds for Phase I.


J.                  NEW BUSINESS:


1.         Appointment of Chair of Environmental Commission.


2.         Reappointment of Representatives to Readington-Lebanon Sewerage Authority.


3.         Appointment of Vita Mekovetz as Municipal Treasurer

                        (three year term retroactive to Jan. 1, 2004)


4.         Housing Committee - reactivation.


5.         Setting of Municipal Sewer Rate.


6.         Bond Ordinance/Block 45, Lot 10 (Eggeman) - introduction.


        r 7.         Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program, Inc. - request for $2,000 donation.


        r             8.   Cancellation of Property Tax Refunds or Delinquencies of Less than $10.00 - Resolution.


       r  9.         Ferruggia Associates/Block 1.01, Lots 1.05 & 1.06 - request for release of unused escrow funds.


       r10.         Jacobs-BBL - payment for Three Bridges Pump Station project.



L.                 ATTORNEY'S REPORT:

M.               ENGINEER'S REPORT:




            1.   Frank Gatti:        

Finance Department

                  r   a.   Monthly Collection Report for December, 2004.

     r   b.   Monthly Collection Report for Sewers for December, 2004.

r   c.   Lien Redemptions - resolutions.

                  r   d.   Payment of the Bills.

                  Police Department

Planning Board

Historic Preservation/Museums


            2.   Gerry Shamey:

                  Liaison to Fire Companies and Rescue Squad

Engineering, Roads, Maintenance & Recycling

School Crossing Guards


            3.     Julia Allen:        

                    Planning Board   

                    County Ag. Develop. Board Liaison

Farmland\Open Space Preservation\Land Projects Liaison

Sewer Advisory Committee


            4.     Thomas Auriemma:

                    Recreation Department              

Library Services

Code Enforcement Department\Construction Code Department


            5.     Beatrice Muir:

                    Board of Health

Public Assistance

                    Municipal Court

                  Animal Control    










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