READINGTON TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE

REORGANIZATION MEETING AGENDA

JANUARY 7, 2008

 

A.        Sharon A. Dragan, Esq. calls the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. announcing that all laws

governing Open Public Meetings Act have been met and that the meeting has been duly

advertised.

 

B         SALUTE TO THE FLAG.

 

C.                 Swearing in of Gerard J. Shamey as member of the Township Committee for three (3) year term by Sharon A. Dragan, Esq.

 

D.        Sharon A. Dragan, Esq. opens Nominations for Mayor for the year 2008.

 

E.         Sharon A. Dragan, Esq. administers Oath of Office to Mayor.

 

F.         2008 Mayor’s Comments.     

 

G.        Reorganization:         

 

1.         2008 Appointments – resolution.

 

2.         2008 Committee Appointments by the Mayor – resolution.

 

3.         Resolution Authorizing the Adoption of the Cash Management Plan for the Year 2008.

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ADOPTION OF THE

CASH MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE YEAR 2008

R-2008-03

 

            WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey Local Fiscal Affairs Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:5, et seq requires that municipalities adopt a Cash Management Plan which is designed to assure, to the extent practical, investment of local funds in interest bearing accounts and other permitted investments; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Cash Management Plan must include:

 

              1.         The designation of a public depository or depositories;

              2.         The authorization for investments as permitted by various applicable laws;

              3.         The annual submission of the Cash Management Plan to the governing body, which must be approved by a majority vote;

              4.         An annual audit of the Cash Management Plan;

               5.         That when an investment is in bonds which mature in more than one year, a determination that the maturity approximates the prospective time when such funds are needed.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of

Readington, that the attached Cash Management Plan is hereby adopted for the year 2008.

 

4.         Resolution authorizing check signing of Current/Municipal account checks for   Readington Township for 2008.

 

TOWNSHIP OF READINGTON

CHECK SIGNATURE RESOLUTION

R-2008-04

BE IT RESOLVED, that the following officials be authorized to sign our Current/ Municipal Account checks for the Township of  Readington for the year 2008:

Treasurer              

Mayor

Clerk

Deputy Mayor

Chief Financial Officer

Administrator

Deputy Clerk

 

5.         Temporary Budget & Sewer Utility Temporary Budget Resolution

TOWNSHIP OF READINGTON

TEMPORARY BUDGET 2008

R-2008-05

 

                                                                                                                      SALARIES&                 OTHER

                        ACCOUNT                                                                            WAGES                      EXPENSES

CURRENT FUND:                                                                                                                  

Administrative & Executive                                                                  $     76,325.00          $     42,250.00

Mayor & Committee                                                                                        8,975.00         

Elections                                                                                                                                             4,625.00

Financial Administration                                                                               49,400.00                   6,200.00

Audit Services                                                                                                                                   5,500.00

Assessment of Taxes                                                                                     25,925.00                   8,000.00

Revision of Tax Map                                                                                                                         5,000.00

Collection of Taxes                                                                                         26,900.00                   7,000.00

Legal Services                                                                                                                                193,750.00

Prosecutor                                                                                                                                        10,875.00

Engineering                                                                                                          250.00                  37,375.00

Buildings and Grounds                                                                                 64,725.00                  28,547.00

Unemployment Tax                                                                                                                              800.00

Planning Board                                                                                                 9,950.00                    2,962.00

Board of Adjustment                                                                                     15,650.00                    4,056.00

Environmental Commission                                                                            1,233.00                    2,031.00

Consultants                                                                                                                                      47,500.00

General Liability Insurance                                                                                                            87,075.00

Surety Bonds                                                                                                                                     1,625.00

Employee Group Health                                                                                                                350,730.00

Workers Compensation                                                                                                                  47,510.00

Waste Collection/Recycling                                                                          4,350.00                181,250.00

Fire Companies/Rescue Squad                                                                                                      71,700.00

Supplemental Fire Service                                                                                                                2,500.00

Police                                                                                                             572,600.00                  55,300.00                                 

School Crossing Guards                                                                                 9,950.00         

Streets and Roads                                                                                        318,100.00                  82,065.00

Snow Removal                                                                                                                                 23,587.00

Street Lighting                                                                                                                                 12,500.00

Board of Health                                                                                                8,025.00                  12,625.00

Emergency Management                                                                                2,875.00                    2,150.00

Animal Control                                                                                                 1,400.00                    1,750.00

Public Assistance                                                                                          20,125.00                    1,456.00

Recreation                                                                                                       25,100.00                  13,337.00

Free County Library                                                                                      27,375.00                    3,570.00

Senior Transportation                                                                                                                       2,125.00

Museum Committee                                                                                      11,125.00                    6,875.00

Historic Preservation Commission                                                                                                     892.00

Construction Code Official                                                                           79,800.00                  19,150.00

Celebration of Public Events                                                                                                           2,625.00

Fire Hydrant Service                                                                                                                       19,650.00

Electricity                                                                                                                                          40,162.00

Telephone                                                                                                                                         26,250.00

Fuel Oil                                                                                                                                                5,500.00

Gasoline                                                                                                                                            45,250.00

Contingent                                                                                                                                             875.00

Social Security                                                                                                                               109,125.00

Pension Plans                                                                                                                                   69,114.00

LOSAP                                                                                                                                               15,000.00

Municipal Court                                                                                             36,075.00                    4,675.00

Uniform Fire Safety                                                                                        17,350.00                    1,725.00

Public Defender                                                                                                                                 6,250.00

                                                                                                                                                   

                        TOTALS                                                                          $1,413,583.00      $ 1,732,444.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

SEWER UTILITY                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                      SALARIES &            OTHER

                        ITEM                                                                                       WAGES                EXPENSES               

Salaries and Wages                                                                                $     17,325.00        

Other Expenses                                                                                                                        $     12,500.00

Service Fees                                                                                                                                   354,000.00

Statutory Expenditures                                                                                                                     2,192.00

                        TOTALS                                                                                  17,325.00            368,692.00

                                                                                                              

6.         Resolution to set delinquent tax interest rate for 2008.

 

TOWNSHIP OF READINGTON

RESOLUTION FIXING INTEREST RATES ON DELINQUENT TAXES

FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2008

R-2008-06

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that pursuant to R.S. 54:4-67, the Township Committee of the Township of Readington, County of Hunterdon and State of New Jersey hereby fixes the rate of interest to be charged on delinquent taxes for calendar year 2008 at the rate of eight percent (8%)

per annum on the first $1,500.00 of delinquency and eighteen percent (18%) per annum on any amount in excess of $1,500.00 of delinquency.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that notwithstanding the above provision, no interest shall be charged if payment of any installment is made within ten (10) days after the date upon which the same became payable according to the laws in such cases made and provided.  If such payment is not made within the ten (10) day grace period, the above rate of interest shall run and accrue from the original due date of such taxes. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the same interest calculations for delinquent tax collections be applied to sewer utility accounts with the exception that the grace period be thirty (30) days.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any taxpayer with a delinquency in excess of $10,000.00 who fails to pay that delinquency prior to the end of the calendar year shall be so charged an additional rate of interest of six percent (6%) against the delinquency.

 

7.         Resolution designating official newspapers for 2008.

 

TOWNSHIP OF READINGTON

RESOLUTION

R-2008-07

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Readington Township Committee does hereby designate the following newspapers as its official newspapers for the year 2008:

 

Hunterdon County Democrat

Hunterdon Review

Courier News

Star Ledger

Express Times 

 

8.         Professional Services Resolution.

 

TOWNSHIP OF READINGTON

RESOLUTION

R-2008-08

 

WHEREAS, there exists a need in the Township of Readington for Professional Services; and

 

WHEREAS, the Local Public Contract Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq.) requires that the Resolution hiring a professional for professional services without competitive bids must be publicly advertised.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington as follows:

 

1.      That the following contracts have been awarded without competitive bidding as a "Professional Service" in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-6(1) (a) of the Local Public Contract Law because the services rendered or to be performed are by persons authorized by law to practice their profession:

 

C                   Sharon A. Dragan as Township Attorney

 

C         Martin Allen, Esq. of Bivona, Cohen, Kunzman, Coley,

Yospin, Bernstein & DiFrancesco as Tax Attorney

 

C         Suplee, Clooney & Company for Municipal Auditor Services               

 

2.   Said contracts shall expire on December 31, 2008.

 

3.   Copies of these Professional Service Contracts are on file with the Municipal

Clerk and are available there for public inspection.  

 

4.   This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

9.         Resolution setting 2008 meeting dates for Township Committee.

 

TOWNSHIP OF READINGTON

RESOLUTION

R-2008-09

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Readington Township Committee hold its regular meetings

on the First and Third Monday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m., at which time an Executive Session will be held, at the Municipal Building, unless said day should fall on a legal holiday, in which case the meeting will be held on the following day.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the following meeting dates be confirmed for publication:

 

            January 7, 2008            July 7, 2008

            January 22, 2008          July 21, 2008

            February 4, 2008         August 4, 2008

            February 19, 2008       September 2, 2008

            March 3, 2008             September 15, 2008

            March 17, 2008           October 6, 2008

            April 7, 2008                October 20, 2008

            April 21, 2008              November 5, 2008

            May 5, 2008                November 17, 2008

                             May 19, 2008              December 1, 2008

            June 4, 2008                December 15, 2008

            June 16, 2008              December 29, 2008

 

10.       Resolution - Added and Omitted Assessments.

 

TOWNSHIP OF READINGTON

RESOLUTION

ADDED AND OMITTED ASSESSMENTS

R-2008-10

 

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Readington, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey, recognizes that N.J.S.A. 54-5-63.12 et seq, popularly known as the "Originally Method", allows the Collector of Taxes upon written complaint to the County Tax Board to notify such Board of any property alleged to have been omitted and the particular year of the assessment to be assessed; and 

 

WHEREAS, the Tax Assessor of the Township of Readington, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey, has requested the Township Committee to authorize her to notify the County Tax Board upon written complaint of any property alleged to have been omitted and the particular year of the assessment to be assessed pursuant to and in compliance with N.J.S.A. 54:5-63.12; and

 

WHEREAS, the Tax Assessor of the Township of Readington, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey, is called upon with the knowledge of omitted and rollback taxes prior to the Tax Collector.    

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington, County of Hunterdon, State of New Jersey, that the Tax Assessor of the Township of Readington be and is hereby authorized to notify upon written complaint to the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation of any property alleged to have been omitted and the particular year of the assessment to be assessed.

 

11.       Resolution - Authorization for Assessor to File Correction of Tax Assessment for 2008

 

RESOLUTION

AUTHORIZATION FOR ASSESSOR TO FILE CORRECTION OF

TAX ASSESSMENT FOR 2008

R-2008-11

 

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Readington, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, has been informed by the Tax Assessor of the Township of Readington,

that from time to time errors are made in computing the tax assessments covering certain property locations within the Township of Readington; and

 

WHEREAS, the Tax Assessor of the Township of Readington has requested the Township Committee to authorize her to file corrections of such errors with the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation; and

 

WHEREAS, the filing of these corrections by the Tax Assessor of the Township of Readington will relieve the Taxpayer for said property from filing an appeal with the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, that the Tax Assessor of the Township

of Readington is hereby authorized after having previously notified the governing body by an appropriate list of properties setting forth the manner and mode of adjustment to file corrective appeals for 2008 with the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation concerning those properties wherein errors were made; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any negotiations to be done on behalf of the Municipality will be handled by the Tax Assessor, including Resolution of Appeals filed directly by property owners. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Tax Assessor send copies of such corrected assessments to the individuals involved.

 

12.              Resolution - Authorization for Martin Allen, Esq., Readington Township Tax Attorney

            to File Correction of Tax Assessment for 2008

 

AUTHORIZATION FOR MARTIN ALLEN, ESQ.,

READINGTON TOWNSHIP TAX ATTORNEY,

TO FILE CORRECTION OF TAX ASSESSMENT FOR 2008

R-2008-12

 

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of the Township of Readington, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, has been informed by the Tax Assessor of the Township of Readington, that from time to time errors are made in computing the tax assessments covering certain property locations within the Township of Readington; and

 

            WHEREAS, Martin Allen, Esq., Readington Township Tax Attorney (hereinafter ATax Attorney@) has requested the Township Committee to authorize him to file corrections of such errors with the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation; and

 

WHEREAS, the filing of these corrections by the Tax Attorney of the Township of Readington will relieve the Taxpayer for said property from filing an appeal with the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, that the Tax Attorney of the Township

of Readington is hereby authorized after having previously notified the governing body by an appropriate list of properties setting forth the manner and mode of adjustment to file corrective appeals for 2008 with the Hunterdon County Board of Taxation concerning those properties wherein errors were made; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any negotiations to be done on behalf of the Municipality will be handled by the Tax Attorney, including Resolution of Appeals filed directly by property owners. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Tax Assessor send copies of such corrected assessments to the individuals involved.

 

H.        CONSENT AGENDA:                                                                     

            All items listed with an asterisk “ß” 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.                                               

I.          CORRESPONDENCE/OTHER INFORMATION:

 

            1.         Memorandum dated December 12, 2007 from Denise B. Doolan, Clerk, Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, regarding adoption of a Resolution in opposition to A-4384/S-2955 which would require every construction contract entered into pursuant to the “Local Public Contracts Law” to contain a provision for renegotiation upon the fluctuation of the price of a key construction material.

 

            2.         Memorandum dated December 12, 2007 from Denise B. Doolan, Clerk, Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, regarding adoption of a Resolution in opposition to A-4393/S-2878 which would require county governments requesting bids for construction projects to publish their projected cost estimate range for each proposed project, and would mandate each published cost estimate range be “attested” to by the individual or firm preparing the bid advertisement and would restrict the ability of county government to reject bids.   

 

3.         Letter dated December 13, 2007 from Donna J. Burham, Municipal Clerk, Twp. of Clinton, regarding adoption of a resolution in opposition to S-2249 which would extend Temporary Disability Insurance protection to provide up to twelve (12)

            weeks of paid family leave for workers caring for sick family members. 

 

4.         Notice from James Humphries, Planner, Twp. of Raritan, regarding public                                hearing of New Master Plan.

 

5.         Letter dated December 20, 2007 from Edward A. Kuc, Principal Ecologist, Eastern States Environmental Associates, Inc. regarding Letter of Interpretation – TJC &

VEV, LLC, Block 70, Lot 31.01 (entire file available for review in the Clerk’s Office).

 

6.         Notice from Richard R. Sarles, Executive Director, NJ Transit Corp. regarding Fiscal Year 2008 Request for Federal Financial Assistance. 

 

J.         OLD BUSINESS:

 

NONE.

 

K.        NEW BUSINESS:

           

        ß 1.         Wilmark Building Contractors, Inc./Block 21.12, Lot 46.13 - release of                                        driveway bond - $600.

 

        ß 2.         Wagner/Block 71, Lot 7 - request for release of unused escrow funds ($522.47).

 

        ß 3.         Ciccarino/Block 66, Lot 19.20 - request for release of unused escrow funds ($219.50).

 

        ß 4.         Sepe/Block 73.02, Lot 23 - request for refund of unused permit fee ($528.80).

 

       ß  5.         Tax Refund – resolutions.

 

       ß  6.         Tax Cancellations – resolution.

 

       ß  7.         Bank Street Parking Lot/Block 30, Lot 3 – application for Transition Area Waiver/

                        Special Activity Redevelopment permit.

 

L.         EXECUTIVE SESSION.

 

Contract Negotiations/Block 65, Lot 12 & 12.01 (Little)

Contract Negotiations/Professional Services

Suplee, Clooney & Company - Municipal Auditor Services

Martin Allen, Esq. – Tax Attorney

Fisher & Phillips, LLP – Labor Attorney

            ClarkegCatongHintz – Professional Planning & Landscape Architectural Services

            Key-Tech – Construction Inspection & Materials Services

            City Connections, LLC – Web Page Services

            St. Hubert’s Giralda – Animal Control Services

            Deer Carcass Removal Services

 

M.       ADJOURNMENT.