Borough of Rocky Hill

Borough Council

Minutes of the Regular Meeting

November 21, 2016

 

 

 

 

The regular meeting of the Borough Council of the Borough of Rocky Hill was called to order by

Mayor Jeff Donahue at 7:30 PM followed by the salute to the flag.

Notice of Compliance with Open Public Meetings Act

Roll Call

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Robert Ashbaugh

Councilman

Present

 

Thomas Bremner

Council President

Present

 

Billy Dawson

Councilman

Present

 

John Hagemann

Councilman

Present

 

Phil Kartsonis

Councilman

Present

 

Robert Uhrik

Councilman

Present

 

Jeff Donahue

Mayor

Present

 

 

Mayor's Comments

Mayor Donahue commented that voter turnout for the election was excellent, and congratulated Phil Kartsonis and Mark Sibley. The Mayor expressed sincere thanks to Tom Bremner for his admirable work on Council. Work on the Route 518 bridge has resumed and is estimated to be completed in early 2017. The Borough will continue to work with the County and the DOT on traffic control until the work is complete. The Mayor attended the New Jersey League of Municipalities conference in Atlantic City.

Approval of Minutes

A.              Motion to approve 11/7/16 Regular Council Meeting Minutes

RESULT:              ADOPTED [5 TO 0]

MOVER:              Phil Kartsonis, Councilman

SECONDER:              Thomas Bremner, Council President

AYES:              Ashbaugh, Bremner, Dawson, Kartsonis, Uhrik

ABSTAIN:              Hagemann

B.              Motion to approve 11/7/16 Executive Session Minutes

RESULT:              ADOPTED [5 TO 0]

MOVER:              Thomas Bremner, Council President

SECONDER:              Phil Kartsonis, Councilman

AYES:              Ashbaugh, Bremner, Dawson, Kartsonis, Uhrik

ABSTAIN:              Hagemann

Public Comment

Peggy Harris, 66 Crescent Avenue, questioned why the South Bound Police are not in Rocky Hill enforcing traffic regulations. Ms. Harris stated that she was on Council in 2003 and worked hard to get the police contract in place. Mayor Donahue explained that the contract with the South Bound Brook police is still in place for 50 hours a month, and that the contract has to be amended to be able to have them here for additional hours. The detour on Crescent Avenue was set up for the DOT.

 

Joe Czeslowski, 21 Crescent Avenue, asked for more information regarding the sale of the First Reformed Church. Mayor Donahue replied that he has no information other than receiving a letter that the church is closing.

 

Caron Wendell, 21 Crescent Avenue, asked if the sign for the new spa received Planning Board approval? Mayor Donahue responded that there is no ordinance regarding neon signs inside a building, and that the Health Department did inspect the premises. Ms. Wendell also commented that the residents of Crescent Avenue have been on the look out for the South Bound Brook police for the last two weeks, and no one has seen them.

Approval of Vouchers

A.              Motion to Approve the Bill List

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Robert Ashbaugh, Councilman

SECONDER:              Thomas Bremner, Council President

AYES:              Ashbaugh, Bremner, Dawson, Hagemann, Kartsonis, Uhrik

Departmental Reports

Tax Collector

Tom Clancy

Court Administrator

Water Department

Committee Reports

              Administration & Records- R. Ashbaugh

Mr. Bremner requested that the Zoning Officer come give a report to Council.

              Buildings & Grounds- T. Bremner

Mr. Bremner is looking into repairing a leaking sink in the nursery school. The contractor is pulling together paperwork for the grant work. The grass is growing in the area around Borough Hall. Following lead for a new elevator company.

              Finance & Insurance- P. Kartsonis

Requesting that the CFO provide a year-to-date spend vs. budget report.

              Public Safety & Emergency Services- B. Dawson

The constables continue to patrol the town. All went well on Halloween. The new portable radar sign was ordered and should be here by the end of the week. The company will provide training.

              Street & Roads- B. Uhrik

The road striping is complete except for the "No Parking" at the corner of Montgomery and Washington Avenues. Also looking into having additional parking lines painted across from the post office. A new list of road repairs has been sent to the County. The large speed sign is not working.

              Water, Sewer & Environmental Protection- J. Hagemann

Usage is at normal levels, and all tests are normal.

              Council Representatiiveto Planning Board- R. Ashbaugh

No meeting held in November.

              Council Liason to Recreation Committee- P. Kartsonis

Nothing to report.

              Council Representative to Board of Health- B. Uhrik

Nothing to report.

              Zoning Official's Report- M. Blasch

No report.

              Grants Committee- T. Bremner

No report.

Special Business

A.              An Ordinance Repealing Chapter 100, Titled “Flood Damage Prevention”, and Repealing Article Xii, Titled “Flood Damage Prevention”, Sections 80-128 to 80-132, of the Code of the Borough of Rocky Hill and Replacing with a New Article Xii, Titled “Flood Damage Prevention.”

Mr. Cruz explained that the EPA requires local flood regulations be inline with state regulations, and that the flood map has been updated. The Borough needs to replace the 2007 ordinance with new 2016 ordinance.

RESULT:              FIRST READING [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 12/5/2016 3:00 AM

MOVER:              Thomas Bremner, Council President

SECONDER:              Robert Uhrik, Councilman

AYES:              Ashbaugh, Bremner, Dawson, Hagemann, Kartsonis, Uhrik

Unfinished Business

New Business

Communications

Public Comment

Cliff Moore, Skillman Avenue, asked if the state still owes the Borough $80,000 for the downtown beautification project? Mayor Donahue said he would check with the CEO.

Executive Session

Result of Executive Session (if Any)

Adjournment

Mr. Dawson moved to adjourn at 8:20PM, and the motion was seconded by Mr. Hagemann. Motion carried on voice vote.