MINUTES FOR BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP Conference Meeting

Monday, January 6, 2014

7:00 PM – Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, Municipal Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.              Sunshine Compliance Statement

“Notice of the time, date, location and agenda of this meeting, to the extent then known was provided at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the commencement of this meeting in the following manner pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 231 of the Law of 1975 (The Open Public Meeting Act).

1.              By posting such notice on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building, and

2.              By mailing such notice to the offices of the Independent Press, Bloomfield Life and the Star Ledger, Baristanet and Patch.

II.              Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Venezia led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

III.              Roll Call

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Elias N. Chalet

First Ward Councilman

Present

 

Nicholas Joanow

Second Ward Councilman

Present

 

Carlos Bernard

Third Ward Councilman

Present

 

Carlos Pomares

Councilman

Present

 

Joseph Lopez

Councilman

Present

 

Wartyna Davis

Councilwoman

Present

 

Michael J. Venezia

Mayor

Present

 

A.              Also Present

Also present were Ted Ehrenberg, Township Administrator, Louise M. Palagano, Municipal Clerk, Brian Aloia Esq., Township Attorney, Robert Renna, Finance Director, Paul Lasek, Township Engineer, Captain James Behre, Officer in Charge and Fire Chief Joe McCarthy.

IV.              Public Comment

Mayor Venezia read a statement to the audience:

"I appreciate your attendance at our first official Council Meeting of the new year. This administration supports our military at home and abroad. One thing I'm most proud of on my resume is my five and a half years working for the last member of the United States Senate who served in World War II, Senator Frank Lautenberg. I cannot publicly comment on a personnel issue as it would interfere with due process for our employees and we must ensure that their rights are protected and that the process itself remains free of bias. I can ensure you that the two officers in question were not targeted because they were veterans and the Township of Bloomfield recently received an award from the Veteran's Administration for having a Veterans friendly environment. The Township has hired, with the consultation of the Township Administrator and Attorney, a third party Hearing Officer, to hear the case of these two officers.

Mayor Venezia opened the public portion of the meeting, limiting the speakers to five minutes and a one hour public portion.

Anthony Argento, President, Bloomfield FOP Lodge 214, congratulated Mayor Venezia on his new appointment. He said he is there to speak about the recent suspensions and pending terminations of two Bloomfield Police officers. He said at the time they were charged with misuse of time, they were traveling to and from official functions, receiving medical treatment, etc. He said that there will be an Attorney General investigation. Mr. Argento also stated the FOP fully supports these officers. He said based on the military investigation, he is confident that these charges are unwarranted. He thanked the Mayor and Council for bringing these two men back to work.

Gary Iacobacci, 252 Franklin Street, congratulated the new Mayor and Council-at-Large members. He talked about the Attorney General Guidelines regarding selection of the Internal Affairs Unit. He also talked about lists that were hanging on Sgt. Sierchio's bulletin board as a detective in the Police Department. Mr. Iacobacci stated that this list was allowed to be on the bulletin board for one year. He said that he understood that when Sgt. Sierchio was interviewed by the military, he told the military that he was being pressured by the Mayor and Council. Mr. Iacobacci stated to the Mayor and Council that he would hope that the time of fear is over.

Debra Bischoff, Newark, stated that her child would like to become a Police Officer. She also said that the prosecutor's office found no criminal charges. She said that Bloomfield is a Civil Service Township and she read the law regarding veterans from Title 11A. She feels that what the Township is doing is wrong and only Civil Service should decide if these men were wrong.

Maria Probst, 569 Broad Street, stated that she attended a forum hosted by Councilman Joanow in November regarding Bloomfield Pride. She read the flyer that she asked Ms. Palagano to pass out.  She asked the Mayor and Council to please ask Parkway Lofts to add more of Bloomfield items to its website.

Mayor Venezia said that he would have Mr. Dominick reach out to the developer and see what can be done.

Rob Cibic, Darling Ave., stated that he is there as an American and a Veteran. He said that these men were punished without any trial or hearing. He questioned what the facts are. He urged the Mayor and Council to review all policies and procedures and if they do not follow the US Constitution, then they need to be disregarded. Mr. Cibic urged the Mayor and Council to make sure this does not happen to anyone again.

Bill Brennan, Esq., 14 Iowa Road, Wayne, stated that the Mayor and Council did the right thing by reinstating the two Police Officers. He said that someone with an ax to grind was given some power and this is the result. Mr. Brennan said that before he went to Law School he was a Fireman in Teaneck and he had a legal battle with them and that cost Teaneck $12 million dollars.

Michael Frazzano, retired Sgt. Bloomfield Police Department, stated that he was on the job for 35 years. He said that he is a Marine Corp Veteran and that he served in the Vietnam War. He feels that the treatment the two officers received is a disgrace. Mr. Frazzano also stated that the Township Administrator allowed this to happen.

Geoff Gove,734 Broad Street, talked about Lion Gate. He said that comments were made at a meeting that Councilman Joanow organized. He said that when his wife raised the subject about Lion Gate, she was told by Mayor Venezia that all he knew regarding Lion Gate was that presently they are doing site work. He asked if this could be defined.

Mayor Venezia stated that as of today they have not submitted any paperwork or plans. He said that is what it means when he says they are only doing site work.

Mr. Gove said that they were approved by the Planning Board.

Mayor Venezia said that they still need to obtain permits.

Mr. Gove said that there was a problem with Glen Ridge Golf Course clearing the sidewalks after it had snowed. He said that he understands that they are cleared now.

Mayor Venezia said that Mr. Dominick called the Country Club today and explained to them that the next time the sidewalks were not cleaned they would be fined.

Mr. Gove asked why they are not being fined now.

Mayor Venezia said that the Township has no proof.

Mr. Gove said he took pictures on his cell phone. He questioned why people that follow the rules get fined and a person that has 500 feet does not.

Mayor Venezia said that they are aware of the problem and the Township will make sure the sidewalks are cleared.

Steve Antonsson, 267 Spruce Street, stated that he is a former Police Officer in the Township. He said that he wanted to bring to the attention of the Mayor and Council that he stood in the Detective Bureau when John Sierchio pointed at that list and said that no one on that list better ever need a pension. Mr. Antonsson said that Mr. Sierchio is vicious and is out to hurt everyone on that list.

Mayor Venezia stated that he would like to thank the DPW Director, Anthony Nesto and his department for the great job they did during the snow storm.

Councilman Bernard moved to close the Oral Portion of the meeting to the public, which motion was seconded by Councilman Joanow and approved by all.

V.              Items for Action

Councilman Chalet moved the following ordinance on first reading:

ORDINANCE TO EXCEED THE MUNICIPAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION LIMITS AND TO ESTABLISH A CAP BANK (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14)

             
              WHEREAS, the Local Government Cap Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.1 et seq., provides that in the preparation of its annual budget, a municipality shall limit any increase in said budget to .5% unless authorized by ordinance to increase it to 3.5% over the previous year’s final appropriations, subject to certain exceptions; and

              WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.15 provides that a municipality may, when authorized by ordinance and after meeting the conditions contained in the statute, appropriate the difference between the amount of its actual final appropriation and the 3.5% percentage rate as an exception to its final appropriations in either of the next two succeeding years; and

              WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield in the County of Essex finds it advisable and necessary to increase its CY 2014 budget by up to 3.5% over the previous year’s final appropriations, in the interest of promoting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens; and

              WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council hereby determine that a 3.00% increase in the budget for said year, amounting to $1,849,491.39 in excess of the increase in final appropriations otherwise permitted by the Local Government Cap Law, is advisable and necessary; and

              WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council hereby determine that any amount authorized hereinabove that is not appropriated as part of the final budget shall be retained as an exception to final appropriation in either of the next two succeeding years.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, in the County of Essex, a majority of the full authorized membership of this Governing Body affirmatively concurring that, in the CY 2014 budget year, the final appropriations of the Township of Bloomfield shall, in accordance with this ordinance and N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.14, be increased by 3.5%, amounting to $2,157,739.96 and that the CY 2014 municipal budget for the Township of Bloomfield be approved and adopted in accordance with this ordinance; and

              BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that any amount authorized hereinabove that is not appropriated as part of the final budget shall be retained as an exception to final appropriation in either of the next two succeeding years; and

              BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that a certified copy of this ordinance as introduced shall be filed with the Director of the Division of Local Government Services within 5 days of introduction; and

              BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that a certified copy of this ordinance upon adoption, with the recorded vote included thereon, be filed with said Director within 5 days after such adoption.

On motion of Councilman Chalet and seconded by Councilman Joanow, same was passed on First Reading.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              FIRST READING [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 2/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Elias N. Chalet, First Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia


Councilman Joanow moved the following ordinance on first reading:

ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD, IN THE COUNTY OF ESSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION OF THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1 AND 8 LION GATE DRIVE, AND IDENTIFIED ON THE TAX MAPS AS BLOCK 871, LOTS 55 AND 102 FOR PUBLIC USE

WHEREAS, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:61-1(a), the governing body of a municipality may acquire, lay out, improve, embellish and maintain within and without the municipality, such public parks, squares, open spaces, playgrounds, beaches, water fronts and places for public resort and recreation, and also streets, avenues, boulevards and parkways leading to and connecting the same, as it may deem advisable, and extend and enlarge the same or any of them; and for such purposes, acquire, in fee or less estate, and by gift, devise, purchase or condemnation, any real estate, improved or unimproved, or interest therein, within or without the municipality, suitable therefor; and

              WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council desires to acquire the properties located at 1 and 8 Lion Gate Drive in the Township of Bloomfield (the “Township”), and identified on the Tax Maps of the Township as Block 871, Lots 55 and 102 (the “Property”) for the purpose of improving and maintaining as a public park and for recreational uses; and

              WHEREAS, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:61-1(a) and to the Eminent Domain Act of 1971 (N.J.S.A. 20:3-1 et seq.) (the “Eminent Domain Act”) the Township is authorized to acquire the Property for a public purpose; and 

              WHEREAS, the acquisition of the Property for use as a public park and recreational uses constitutes a public purpose.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Mayor and Council of Township of Bloomfield, New Jersey, as follows:

 

              Section 1.              The aforementioned recitals are incorporated herein as though fully set forth at length.

 

              Section 2.              The Township is hereby authorized to acquire the Property. 

 

Section 3.              The acquisition of the Property may be achieved by any of the following methods: (i) consummation of a purchase and sale contract by negotiations with the property owner, (ii) by a gift, grant, or contribution by the property owner, or (iii) by condemnation of the Property pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:61-1(a) and the Eminent Domain Act.

 

Section 4.              The Mayor, Administrator, Clerk, Director of Law, Director of Community Development, Chief Financial Officer, Bond Counsel and/or Redevelopment Counsel (collectively, the “Authorized Persons”) are hereby authorized and directed to take, or cause to be taken, any and all actions necessary to initiate and complete the acquisition of the Property, including but not limited to obtaining any studies, surveys, tests, soundings, borings, appraisals, title searches and title reports, as reasonably necessary to determine the value, boundary, ownership, interests or environmental condition regarding said property.

 

Section 5.              Any and all actions previously taken by the Authorized Persons in connection with the acquisition of the Property are hereby ratified and confirmed. 

 

              Section 6.              If any part(s) of this ordinance shall be deemed invalid, such part(s) shall be severed and the invalidity thereof shall not affect the remaining parts of this ordinance.

 

              Section 7.              This ordinance shall take effect in accordance with applicable law.

 

On motion of Councilman Joanow and seconded by Councilman Bernard, same was passed on First Reading.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              FIRST READING [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 2/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia

ABSTAINED:   Bernard

 

Councilman Bernard moved the following ordinance on first reading:

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, “ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT,” ARTICLE III “Township Council,” § 5-14 “Conferences,” SECTION A OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD, COUNTY OF ESSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY
 

BE IT ORDAINED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey, as follows:

Section 1.  Chapter 5, “ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT,” ARTICLE III “Township Council,” § 5-143 “Conferences,” of the Code of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey, is hereby amended to read as follows:

§ 5-14 Conferences.

The Township Council shall meet once a month or on the third or fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. or any other time selected and approved by the Council in formal conference for the consideration of any Township business or to meet with any officer or employee of the Township or any other person on Township business.  The Mayor and Council may schedule additional conference meetings throughout the year as they deem appropriate after properly notifying public of the same. 

              Section 2.              All ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

 

              Section 3.              This ordinance shall take effect upon final passage and publication in accordance with the law.

On motion of Councilman Bernard and seconded by Councilman Chalet, same was passed on First Reading.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              FIRST READING [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 2/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Elias Chalet, First Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia

 

Councilwoman Davis moved the following ordinance on first reading:

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, “ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT,” ARTICLE III “Township Council,” § 5-13 “Regular and special meetings,” SECTION A OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD, COUNTY OF ESSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY
 

BE IT ORDAINED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey, as follows:

Section 1.  Chapter 5, “ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT,” ARTICLE III “Township Council,” § 5-13 “Regular and special meetings,” Section A of the Code of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey, is hereby amended to read as follows:

§ 5-13 Regular and special meetings

A.              Regular meetings.  The Township Council shall meet annually for organization on the first day of January, unless that day is a Sunday, in which case it shall meet on the next succeeding day.  The Township Council may, at its option, combine the organization meeting with the first regular scheduled meeting in January.  The Council shall meet once a month thereafter on the first or second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. or any other time selected and approve by the Council.  The Mayor and Council may schedule additional regular meetings throughout the year as they deem appropriate after properly notifying public of the same. 

              Section 2.              All ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

 

              Section 3.              This ordinance shall take effect upon final passage and publication in accordance with the law.

On motion of Councilwoman Davis and seconded by Councilman Bernard, same was passed on first reading.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              FIRST READING [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 2/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Wartyna Davis, Councilwoman

SECONDER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia

 

Councilman Lopez moved the following ordinance on first reading:

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD’S ORDINANCE ADOPTING TITLES FOR EMPLOYEES AND FIXING SALARY RANGES

BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey:

              Section 1.  Section 2 of an ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING TITLES FOR EMPLOYEES, FIXING SALARY RANGES THEREFORE, FIXING THEIR DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS AND FIXING SALARIES” as amended and supplemented, is hereby further amended and supplemented so that the same shall read as follows: 

POSITION TITLE

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS & PARKS

 

 

Equipment Operator/Water Repairer

 

 

 

 

 

Salary Range Per Annum Effective January 1, 2013

Salary Range Per Annum Effective January 1, 2014

Salary Range Per Annum Effective January 1, 2015

29.97 - 33.03

30.57 - 33.69

31.18 - 34.36

 

              Section 2.  The salary range shall be twelve steps within each range unless otherwise indicated in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Those salaries without a range shall be considered a flat rate.

              Section 3.  Those employees whose salaries are fixed and determined by this ordinance, terminating their services with the Township, shall be paid one-twelfth (1/12) of their annual salary for each complete month employed by the Township.  Such employees working a part of a month shall be paid for the actual days worked in the final month of employment to be calculated at the rate of one-tenth (1/10) of the bi-weekly salary multiplied by the actual number of days worked in the final month of employment.

              Section 4.  All ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

 

              Section 5.  This ordinance shall take effect according to law.

 

On motion of Councilman Lopez and seconded by Councilman Joanow, same was passed on first reading.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              FIRST READING [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 2/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Joseph Lopez, Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia

Councilman Pomares moved the following ordinance on first reading:

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD’S ORDINANCE ADOPTING TITLES FOR EMPLOYEES AND FIXING SALARY RANGES

BE IT ORDAINED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey:

              Section 1.  Section 2 of an ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING TITLES FOR EMPLOYEES, FIXING SALARY RANGES THEREFOR, FIXING THEIR DUTIES AND QUALIFICATIONS AND FIXING SALARIES” as amended and supplemented, is hereby further amended and supplemented so that the same shall read as follows: 

     POSITION TITLE

 

Salary Per Annum Effective JANUARY 1, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

 

 

Chief Municipal Prosecutor

 

25,500.00

 

 

 

Municipal Prosecutor

 

20,400.00

 

              Section 2.    The salary range shall be twelve steps within each range unless otherwise indicated in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Those salaries without a range shall be considered a flat rate.

              Section 3.  Those employees whose salaries are fixed and determined by this ordinance, terminating their services with the Township, shall be paid one-twelfth (1/12) of their annual salary for each complete month employed by the Township.  Such employees working a part of a month shall be paid for the actual days worked in the final month of employment to be calculated at the rate of one-tenth (1/10) of the bi-weekly salary multiplied by the actual number of days worked in the final month of employment.

              Section 4.  All ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

 

              Section 5.  This ordinance shall take effect according to law.

 

On Motion of Councilman Pomares and seconded by Councilman Chalet, same was passed on first reading.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              FIRST READING [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 2/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Carlos Pomares, Councilman

SECONDER:              Elias N. Chalet, First Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia

2. CONSENT AGENDA

 

Councilman Chalet moved the following resolution, which motion was seconded by Councilman Joanow:

ESTABLISHING PETTY CASH FUND

WHEREAS, under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:5-21, the Finance Director has made written application and authority has been granted for the establishment of a Petty Cash Fund; and

              WHEREAS, the various departments heretofore allotted Petty Cash Fund have complied with the Statute and the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the Director of the Division of Local Government Services, in the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey that the following Petty Cash funds are hereby established for the calendar year 2014 for the departments and in the amounts indicated below:

DEPARTMENT

CUSTODIAN

AMOUNT

Mayor & Council

Ted Ehrenburg

$100.00

Municipal Clerk

Louise M. Palagano

$200.00

 

 

 

Police

Christopher Goul

$250.00

 

 

 

Fire

Joseph McCarthy

$100.00

 

 

 

Recreation

Michael Sceurman

$ 50.00

 

 

 

Health & Welfare  (Division of Health)

Karen Lore

$150.00

 

 

 

Office Emergency Management

Ted Ehrenburg

$ 35.00

 

 

$885.00

 

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:

              1.  That the custodians of said Petty Cash Funds are hereby directed to maintain accurate records of all disbursements made from said Funds, the same to be audited by the Township Auditor as heretofore.

              2.  That the financial officers of the Township are hereby authorized and directed to issue checks for the various petty cash funds herein mentioned in the aggregate amount of $885.00.

              3.  That this resolution shall be effective as of January 1, 2014.

              4.  That two (2) certified copies of this resolution shall be filed with the Director of the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey.

 

DESIGNATION OF DEPOSITORIES

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey, that pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:5-14 of the laws of New Jersey, PNC Bank National Association, The Provident Bank, Investors Savings Bank, Santander Bank, the State of New Jersey Cash Management Fund, Enterprise National Bank N.J., Wells Fargo Bank, Valley National Bank, TD Bank, NJ/ARM, NA are hereby designated as the depositories wherein all public monies and other funds of the Township of Bloomfield shall be kept.

              Prior to the deposit of any municipal funds in the above mentioned depositories, said bank shall file with the Director of Finance a statement indicating that the bank is covered under the Government Units Deposit Protection Act (R.S. 17:9-41).

AUTHORIZATION TO SIGN CHECKS

WHEREAS, Section 5-52 (E) of the “Bloomfield Township Code,” effective November 15, 1987, adopted by the Bloomfield Township Council on November 2, 1987 provides that disbursements of the Township Funds shall be made by an individual warrant check for each bill, claim, wage and salary payment, as approved by the Township Administrator, and that each warrant check shall bear the signatures of the Mayor, the Township Administrator, or Acting Township Administrator, and the Township Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer or Acting Township Treasurer, as the case may be; it being understood that each warrant check shall bear three (3) signatures.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey that the following named individuals be and are hereby authorized to sign checks, drafts, notes, etc., and receipts for the payment of money when necessary co-jointly with the Mayor and/or the Township Administrator, and/or the Township Treasurer, when the appointees to each respective position shall be absent upon authorized to leave, or in the event of a vacancy in such office or position:

1.  Michael Venezia

Mayor

 

 

2.  Louise M. Palagano

Municipal Clerk

 

 

3.  Robert Renna

Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer/ Comptroller

 

 

4.  Cindy Prochilo

Township Tax Collector

 

 

5.  Ted Ehrenburg

Township Administrator

 

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to regulation promulgated by the Local Finance Board by Resolution adopted by it on September 28, 1971, that commencing January 1, 1972, the Mayor of the Township of Bloomfield must affix his signature on all checks of the municipality for the payment of claims, regardless of type of local government.

EXPRESSLY DESIGNATING THE FINANCIAL OFFICER OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD, ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY TO SELL BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES AND CAPITAL NOTES OF THE TOWNSHIP.

              WHEREAS, the Local Bond Law of the State of New Jersey, constituting Chapter 2 of Title 40A of the New Jersey Statutes (the “Local Bond Law”) authorizes a local unit, which includes the Township of Bloomfield (the “Township” to: (1) borrow money and issue negotiable notes in anticipation of the issuance of bonds, if the bond ordinance or subsequent resolution so provides (“Bond Anticipation Notes”); and (2) finance any improvement which it has the power to finance under the Local Bond Law by the issuance of capital notes (“Capital Notes”); and

              WHEREAS, the Local Bond Law provides that all Bond Anticipation Notes or Capital Notes may be sold at private sale pursuant to a resolution of the governing body or by a financial officer of the local unit expressly designated by resolution to sell such notes; and

              WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Township (the “Township Council”) deems it advantageous to expressly designate a financial officer of the Township to sell Bond Anticipation Notes and Capital Notes.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council, of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey (not less than the majority of the full membership thereof affirmatively concurring), that:

              1.  Pursuant to Section 28 of the Local Bond Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:2-28, the Township may expressly designate a financial officer of the Township to sell Bond Anticipation Notes and Capital Notes.

              2.  The Mayor and Council hereby appoint and authorize the Chief Financial Officer of the Township, as designated by the Mayor and Council (the “Chief Financial Officer”) to sell the Township’s Bond Anticipation Notes and Capital Notes.

              3.  The Chief Financial Officer making any such sale shall report in writing to the Council at the next meeting thereof as to the principal amount, interest rate, and maturities of Bond Anticipation Notes or Capital Notes sold, the price obtained and the name of the purchaser.

              4.  This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

CONDUCT TAX SALE FOR TAX/WATER DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 54:5-19 allows the Governing Body to authorize by resolution the Tax Lien Sale for delinquent accounts.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State Of New Jersey, that the Tax Collector is hereby authorized and directed to conduct Bloomfield’s Tax Sale schedule for October 9, 2014 for all Tax/Water accounts delinquent for the year 2014 and prior in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:5-19

DESIGNATION OF TAX SEARCHER

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey that Cindy Prochilo, Tax Collector in the Division of Revenue, Department of Finance of the Township of Bloomfield, is hereby designated as the Official Tax Searcher in the Tax Collector’s Office of the Township of Bloomfield, New Jersey, for the year 2014, to make examinations of the Township Records as to unpaid municipal liens and to certify the results thereof.

INTEREST & DEBT REDEMPTION CHARGES

WHEREAS, under N.J.S. 40A:4-19 the governing body may make appropriations for all interest and debt redemption charges maturing during the fiscal year at any time between December 19 of the year preceding the beginning of the fiscal year and the date of the adoption of the budget.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, New Jersey that the following appropriations be and are hereby made for interest and debt redemption charges for the fiscal year 2014.

Municipal Debt Service

 

 

 

4-01-45-840-170  Payment of Bond Principal 

1,638,000.00

4-01-45-842-172  Interest on Bonds

1,078,650.00

4-01-45-843-173  Interest on Notes

134,716.00

4-01-45-940-174 Green Acres Loan Payments Total

42,156.00

                                      

$2,893,522.00

 

 

Water Utility Debt Service

 

 

 

4-05-45-840-170 Payment of Bond Principal

555,000.00

4-05-45-842-172 Interest on Bonds

90,850.00

4-05-45-843-173 Interest on Notes

34,051.00

 

$ 679,901.00

 

INTEREST ON DELINQUENT TAXES AND PENALTY

WHEREAS, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-67, as amended and supplemented, the rate of interest to be charged for the non-payment of taxes or assessments on or after the date when they become delinquent shall be as follows:

              1.  No interest shall be charged if payment of any installment so due is made within the tenth calendar day following the date upon which the same became payable; and

              2.  Upon the expiration of the ten (10) calendar day period as aforesaid, the rate of interest shall be eight percent (8%) per annum on the first $1,500 of the delinquency and eighteen percent (18%) per annum interest to be charged for delinquency of sums in excess of $1,500; and

              3.  Interest to be calculated from the due date the tax was payable until the date of actual payment.

              WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 54:4-67 also provides that the governing body may fix a penalty not to exceed 6% to be charge to a taxpayer with a delinquency in excess of $10,000 who fails to pay the delinquency prior to the end of the calendar year.  

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IF RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of  New Jersey, that the rate on delinquent municipal charges be amended to read as follows:

              8% up to the first $1,500 delinquency

                      18% in delinquencies of sums in excess of the first $1,500

              6% additional penalty for a delinquency over $10,000 if not paid prior to the end of the calendar year.

INTEREST ON DELINQUENT WATER CHARGES

WHEREAS, the rate of interest to be charged for the non-payment of water charges on or after the date when they become delinquent shall be as follows:

              1.  No interest shall be charged if payment of any billing so due is made within the 30 days allowed following the billing date upon which the same became payable; and

              2.  Upon the expiration of the 30 day period following the billing date aforesaid, the rate of interest shall be eight percent (8%) per annum on the first $200 of the delinquency and sixteen percent (16%) per annum interest to be charged for delinquency of sums in excess of $200; and

              3.  Interest to be calculated from the due date the water charge was payable until the date of actual payment.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IF RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of  New Jersey, that the rate on water charges be amended to read as follows:

              8% up to the first $200 delinquency

                      16% in delinquencies of sums in excess of the first $200

2014 TEMPORARY BUDGET WATER UTILITY

WHEREAS, N.J.S. 40A:4-19 of the Local Budget Law provides that where any contracts, commitments or payments are to be made prior to the final adoption of the 2014 budget, temporary appropriations shall be made for the purposes and amounts required in the manner and time therein provided; and

              WHEREAS, the date of adoption of this resolution is prior to January 31, 2014; and

              WHEREAS, the total appropriations in the 2013 water utility budget, exclusive of any appropriations made for interest and debt redemption charges, capital improvement fund is the sum of $7,621,492.00; and

              WHEREAS, 26.25% of the total appropriation in the 2013 budget, exclusive of any appropriations made for interest and debt redemption charges, capital improvement fund is the sum of $2,000,641.65.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, New Jersey, that the following temporary appropriations be and are hereby made and that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Chief Financial Officer for his records:

WATER UTILITY APPROPRIATIONS
 

TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD

WATER OPERATING FUND

2014 TEMPORARY BUDGET

Jan- March

Temporary

Budget

                                                                                                      

Operations

 

 

Salaries and Wages:

 

 

Water Revenue

4-05-20-512-011

271,600.00

Water Maintenance

4-05-26-511-011

454,500.00

 

 

 

Other Expenses:

 

 

Water Revenue

4-05-20-512-028

25,000.00

Water Maintenance

4-05-26-511-028

62,000.00

Operation of Water Wells

4-05-20-513-071

200.00

Purchase of Water

4-05-20-514-072

400,000.00

Bloomfield Share - Wanaque Cost North

4-05-20-515-072

250,000.00

Bloomfield Share - Wanaque Cost South

4-05-20-516-072

275,000.00

 

 

 

Statutory Expenditures

4-05-36-837-137

53,300.00

Social Security System

4-05-36-834-140

1,000.00

Unemployment Compensation Insurance

 

 

 

 

1,792,600.00

 

2014 Temporary Budget

 

WHEREAS, N.J.S. 40A:4-19 of the Local Budget Law provides that where any contracts, commitments or payments are to be made prior to the final adoption of the 2014 budget, temporary appropriations shall be made for the purposes and amounts required in the manner and time therein provided; and

              WHEREAS, the date of adoption of this resolution is prior to January 31, 2014; and

              WHEREAS, the total appropriations in the 2013 current  budget, exclusive of any appropriations made for interest and debt redemption charges, capital improvement fund and public assistance is the sum of $71,143,716.47; and

              WHEREAS, 26.25% of the total appropriation in the 2013 budget, exclusive of any appropriations made for interest and debt redemption charges, capital improvement fund and public assistance is the sum of $18,675,225.57.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, New Jersey, that the following temporary appropriations be and are hereby made and that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the Chief Financial Officer for his records:

CURRENT FUND APPROPRIATIONS

 

TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD

CURRENT FUND

2014 TEMPORARY BUDGET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan - March

 

Account

Adopted

 

Amended

Temporary

 

Number

Budget

Transfers

Budget

Budget

 

 

 

 

 

 

Township Administrator:

20-701

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

150,000.00

 

150,000.00

50,000.00

    Other Expenses

 

125,500.00

 

125,500.00

32,900.00

Mayor and Council:

20-703

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

63,200.00

(7,500.00)

55,700.00

18,600.00

    Other Expenses

 

18,175.00

 

18,175.00

4,800.00

Municipal Clerk:

20-704

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

238,100.00

7,000.00

245,100.00

81,700.00

    Other Expenses

 

75,400.00

 

75,400.00

19,800.00

Division of Accounts and Control:

20-705

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

183,200.00

4,700.00

187,900.00

62,600.00

    Other Expenses

 

64,575.00

 

64,575.00

17,000.00

    Audit

 

59,000.00

 

59,000.00

0.00

Information Systems:

20-707

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

100,700.00

 

100,700.00

33,600.00

    Other Expenses

 

280,437.00

20,000.00

300,437.00

78,900.00

Division of Revenue:

20-708

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

90,000.00

 

90,000.00

30,000.00

    Other Expenses

 

14,200.00

40,000.00

54,200.00

14,200.00

Department of Assessment:

20-710

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

167,230.00

1,000.00

168,230.00

56,100.00

    Other Expenses

 

392,600.00

 

392,600.00

10,000.00

Department of Law:

20-712

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

395,000.00

5,000.00

400,000.00

133,300.00

    Other Expenses

 

331,550.00

 

331,550.00

87,000.00

Township Engineer:

20-715

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

204,400.00

25,000.00

229,400.00

76,500.00

    Other Expenses

 

5,700.00

 

5,700.00

1,500.00

Postage and Office Supplies:

20-722

 

 

 

 

    Other Expenses

 

195,500.00

40,000.00

235,500.00

61,800.00

Cable Television Committee:

20-723

 

 

 

 

    Other Expenses

 

92,500.00

 

92,500.00

24,300.00

Department of Planning:

21-720

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

70,000.00

 

70,000.00

23,300.00

    Other Expenses

 

37,575.00

 

37,575.00

9,900.00

Uniform Construction Code:

22-725

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

215,000.00

(30,000.00)

185,000.00

61,700.00

    Other Expenses

 

40,200.00

35,500.00

75,700.00

19,900.00

Housing Inspections:

22-726

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

294,000.00

(25,000.00)

269,000.00

89,700.00

    Other Expenses

 

50,130.00

 

50,130.00

13,200.00

Insurance:

 

 

 

 

 

    General Liability (Self-Insurance Trust Fund)

23-731

100,000.00

 

100,000.00

0.00

    Bonds and Other Insurance

23-730

459,300.00

 

459,300.00

125,000.00

    Workers' Compensation

23-732

1,104,190.00

320,000.00

1,424,190.00

250,000.00

    Group Insurance for Employees

23-733

13,425,000.00

 

13,425,000.00

3,700,000.00

Police:

25-745

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

15,472,100.00

(290,000.00)

15,182,100.00

5,060,200.00

    Other Expenses

 

299,200.00

 

299,200.00

78,500.00

Communication Center:

25-746

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

685,900.00

 

685,900.00

228,600.00

    Other Expenses

 

29,950.00

 

29,950.00

7,900.00

Emergency Management Services:

25-747

 

 

 

 

    Other Expenses

 

15,100.00

 

15,100.00

4,000.00

Volunteer Emergency Squad

25-750

40,000.00

 

40,000.00

0.00

Fire:

25-752

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

8,759,000.00

 

8,759,000.00

2,919,400.00

    Other Expenses

 

118,250.00

 

118,250.00

31,000.00

Road Repair and Maintenance:

26-765

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

215,937.00

         (10,000.00)

205,937.00

68,600.00

    Other Expenses

 

26,000.00

 

26,000.00

6,800.00

Service Buildings:

26-767

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

189,640.00

50,000.00

239,640.00

79,900.00

    Other Expenses

 

477,800.00

27,799.00

505,599.00

132,700.00

Parks and Playgrounds:

26-769

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

299,100.00

26,000.00

325,100.00

108,400.00

    Other Expenses

 

16,000.00

 

16,000.00

4,200.00

Public Buildings and Grounds:

26-772

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

65,860.00

 

65,860.00

22,000.00

    Other Expenses

 

105,000.00

 

105,000.00

27,600.00

Sewer Maintenance:

26-773

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

139,900.00

(30,000.00)

109,900.00

36,600.00

    Other Expenses

 

29,000.00

 

29,000.00

7,600.00

Division of Electrical Services:

26-775

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

166,100.00

 

166,100.00

55,400.00

    Other Expenses

 

3,700.00

 

3,700.00

1,000.00

Care of Shade Trees and Grounds:

26-776

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

407,000.00

         (37,000.00)

370,000.00

123,300.00

    Other Expenses

 

54,500.00

5,000.00

59,500.00

15,600.00

Snow Removal:

26-778

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

 

 

0.00

0.00

    Other Expenses

 

 

 

0.00

0.00

Cervical Cancer Screening Programs:

27-783

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

21,707.00

 

21,707.00

7,200.00

Board of Health:

27-785

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

863,720.00

 

863,720.00

287,900.00

    Other Expenses

 

68,325.00

 

68,325.00

17,900.00

Environmental Protection Program:

27-786

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

20,403.00

 

20,403.00

6,800.00

Animal Control:

27-788

 

 

 

 

    Other Expenses

 

225,000.00

 

225,000.00

0.00

Division of Human Services:

27-794

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

266,200.00

 

266,200.00

88,700.00

    Other Expenses

 

27,340.00

 

27,340.00

7,200.00

Department of Recreation:

28-795

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

286,400.00

7,500.00

293,900.00

98,000.00

    Other Expenses

 

37,650.00

 

37,650.00

9,900.00

Senior Citizen Transportation:

28-796

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

158,000.00

 

158,000.00

52,700.00

Celebration of Public Events:

28-797

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

15,000.00

 

15,000.00

5,000.00

    Other Expenses

 

20,000.00

 

20,000.00

5,300.00

Maintenance of Free Public Library

29-800

1,445,208.00

 

1,445,208.00

481,700.00

Health Interlocal - Bd of Education:

30-806

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

8,518.00

 

8,518.00

2,800.00

Health Interlocal - Caldwell:

30-807

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

54,610.00

 

54,610.00

18,200.00

Animal Control Interlocal - Caldwell:

30-808

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

15,806.00

 

15,806.00

5,300.00

Health Interlocal - Glen Ridge

30-811

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

26,260.00

 

26,260.00

8,800.00

Bd of Education: - Code Red

30-813

 

 

 

 

    Other Expenses

 

13,541.50

 

13,541.50

3,600.00

Animal Control Interlocal - Glen Ridge

30-812

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

15,492.00

 

15,492.00

5,200.00

Unclassified Utilities:

31-820

 

 

 

 

    Fuel Oil (Heating Oil)

 

20,000.00

 

20,000.00

6,700.00

    Building Electricity and Gas

 

415,000.00

 

415,000.00

138,300.00

    Gasoline and Diesel Fuel

 

475,000.00

 

475,000.00

158,300.00

    Telephone

 

140,000.00

 

140,000.00

46,700.00

    Telecommunications

 

51,000.00

 

51,000.00

17,000.00

Street Lighting

31-821

545,000.00

 

545,000.00

181,600.00

Garbage and Trash Removal - Contractual

32-827

3,275,000.00

(175,000.00)

3,100,000.00

1,000,000.00

Recycling Operations

32-828

325,000.00

 

325,000.00

0.00

Municipal Court:

33-830

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

330,000.00

(15,000.00)

315,000.00

105,000.00

    Other Expenses

 

53,750.00

 

53,750.00

14,100.00

Public Defender:

33-857

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

24,485.00

5,000.00

29,485.00

9,800.00

Capital Improvement Fund

34-832

130,000.00

 

130,000.00

0.00

Contingent

35-835

 

 

0.00

0.00

Statutory Expenditures:

 

 

 

 

 

    Public Employee Retirement System

36-836

936,174.00

 

936,174.00

0.00

    Social Security System

36-837

925,000.00

 

925,000.00

308,300.00

    Consolidated Police and Firemen's Pension

36-838

56,781.00

 

56,781.00

0.00

    Police and Firemen's Retirement System

36-839

5,343,879.00

 

5,343,879.00

0.00

    Unemployment Compensation

36-834

65,000.00

 

65,000.00

0.00

Outlet Sewer System:

38-773

 

 

 

 

    Second River Joint Meeting

 

35,522.00

1.00

35,523.00

11,800.00

    Third River Joint Meeting

 

900.00

 

900.00

300.00

    Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission

 

3,116,173.00

 

3,116,173.00

1,038,600.00

    Township of Nutley

 

51,000.00

 

51,000.00

17,000.00

Tax Appeals Pending

38-775

 

 

0.00

0.00

OSHA Regulations - Blood Borne Pathogen:

38-787

 

 

 

 

    Other Expenses

 

1,500.00

 

1,500.00

400.00

School Board Elections (N.J.S.A. 19:60-12):

38-789

 

 

 

 

    Salaries and Wages

 

2,200.00

 

2,200.00

2,200.00

    Other Expenses

 

800.00

 

800.00

800.00

Funding of Capital Ordinances

 

200.00

 

200.00

0.00

Special Emergencies

 

273,400.00

 

273,400.00

0.00

Reserve For Uncollected Taxes

 

3,721,900.00

 

3,721,900.00

0.00

 

 

70,561,243.50

0.00

70,561,243.50

18,375,700.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRANTS

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation Trust

40-302

              268,960.00

 

268,960.00

 

Drunk Driving Enforcement (DWI) S&W

40-304

 

 

0.00

 

Clean Communities

40-305

71,792.92

 

71,792.92

 

Municipal Alliance on Drug Abuse - State Share

40-306

36,000.00

 

36,000.00

 

Municipal Alliance on Drug Abuse - Local Match

40-307

9,000.00

 

9,000.00

 

Safe and Secure Communities S&W

40-308

 

 

0.00

 

Police Body Armor Replacement

40-309

 

 

0.00

 

Recreational Opportunities for Disabled - S&W

 

 

 

 

 

    State Share - S&W

40-310

 

 

0.00

 

    Local Match

40-311

3,000.00

 

3,000.00

 

Public Health Services - West Milford S&W

40-312

69,650.00

 

69,650.00

 

Public Health Services - West Milford O/E

40-312

10,000.00

 

10,000.00

 

Bulletproof Vest Partnership

40-319

 

 

0.00

 

Bureau of Justice Assistance - Salaries and Wages

40-328

10,920.00

 

10,920.00

 

Southern NJ Prenatal Cooperative

40-330

10,000.00

 

10,000.00

 

Recycling Tonnage Aid

40-353

35,407.05

 

35,407.05

 

Social Services for the Homeless (SSH)

40-359

100,000.00

 

100,000.00

 

Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over:

40-360

 

 

0.00

 

Essex County Law Enforcement Technology

40-365

15,243.00

 

15,243.00

 

Assistance To Firefighters Homeland Security

40-366

65,250.00

 

65,250.00

 

Assistance To Firefighters Local Match

40-367

7,250.00

 

7,250.00

 

 

 

712,472.97

0.00

712,472.97

0.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Temporary Budget

 

 

 

 

18,375,700.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEBT SERVICE:

 

 

 

 

 

    Payment of Bond Principal

45-840

1,404,000.00

 

1,404,000.00

1,404,000.00

    Payment of Bond Anticipation Note

45-843

227,000.00

 

227,000.00

227,000.00

    Interest On Bonds

45-842

1,048,464.00

 

1,048,464.00

965,030.00

    Interest On Notes

45-843

188,363.00

 

188,363.00

188,713.00

    Green Acres Loans:

45-940

 

 

 

 

        Principal

 

 

 

0.00

19,794.00

        Interest On Loans

 

30,953.00

 

30,953.00

6,721.00

 

 

2,898,780.00

0.00

2,898,780.00

2,811,258.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

74,172,496.47

0.00

74,172,496.47

21,186,958.00

Other Expenses

 

43,411,758.47

313,300.00

43,725,058.47

11,063,858.00

Salaries and Wages

 

30,760,738.00

(313,300.00)

30,447,438.00

10,123,100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total 2013 Budget

 

 

 

 

74,172,496.47

Less Capital Improvements

 

 

 

 

(130,000.00)

Less Debt Service

 

 

 

 

(2,898,780.00)

 

 

 

 

 

71,143,716.47

 

 

 

 

 

26.25%

Allowable Temporary Budget

 

 

 

 

18,675,225.57

Temporary Budget

 

 

 

 

(18,375,700.00)

(Over)/Under

 

 

 

 

299,525.57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.              Cash Management

Cash Management

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield hereby approves the following Cash Management Plan

Cash Management Plan

1.              Cash Management and Investment Objectives

              The Township of Bloomfield’s objectives in this area are:

 

                            A.              Preservation of capital

                            B.              Safekeeping of assets

                            C.              Maintenance of liquidity to meet operating needs

                            D.              Diversification of the Township’s portfolio to minimize risks

                                          associated with individual investments

                            E.              Investment of assets in accordance with State and Federal

                                          laws and regulations

F.              Maximize investment earnings from all cash and deposits

              2.              Designation of Official Depositories

A.              All Township funds shall be deposited in institutions that are certified by the NJ Department of Banking & Insurance in accordance with the Government Unit Deposit Protection Act.

B.              Approved depositories must be insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other agency of the United States that insures deposits.

C.              The Mayor and Council shall annually designate approved depositories whereby the Chief Financial Officer is authorized to transact banking business.

D.              Designated official depositories are required to submit to the Chief Financial Officer, a copy of the Government Unit Deposit Protection Act Notification of eligibility, which is filed semi-annually with the Department of Banking each June 30th and December 31st.

E.              The Chief Financial Officer shall solicit written proposals for banking  services every three to five years.


3.              Cash Management

 

A.              All funds shall be deposited within 48 hours of receipt in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:5-15.

B.              The Chief Financial Officer shall minimize the possibility of idle cash accumulating in accounts by assuring that the amounts in excess of negotiated compensating balances are kept in interest bearing accounts or promptly swept into the investment portfolio.

C.              The method of calculating banking fees and compensating balances shall be reviewed on a monthly basis.

D.              Investment decisions shall be guided by the cash flow projections prepared by the Chief Financial Officer.

4.              Permissible Investments

 

A.              Bonds or other obligations of the United States of America or obligations guaranteed by the United States of America.  This includes instruments such as Treasury Bills, notes and bonds.

B.              Government money market mutual funds.

C.              Any federal agency of instrumentality obligation authorized by Congress that matures within 397 days from the date of purchase, and has a fixed rates of interest not dependent on any index or external factors.

D.              Bonds or other obligations of the local unit or school districts of which the local unit is a part.

E.              Any other obligations with maturities not exceeding 397 days, as permitted by the Division of Investments.

F.              Local government investment pools including the New Jersey Arbitrage Rebate Management Program.

G.              New Jersey State Cash Management Fund.

H.              Repurchase agreements of fully collateralized securities.

5.              Authority For Investment Management

A.              The Chief Financial Officer is authorized and directed to make investments on behalf of the Township.  All investment decisions shall be consistent with this plan and all appropriate regulatory constraints.

6.              Safekeeping

 

A.              Securities purchased on behalf of the Township shall be delivered electronically or physically to the Township’s custodial bank, which shall maintain custodial and/or safekeeping accounts for such securities on behalf of the Township.

 

7.              Reporting

 

A.              The Chief Financial Officer shall submit a monthly Treasurer’s report to the Mayor and Council which shall include a listing of all investments in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A: 5-15.2.

 

8.              Audit

A.              The Cash Management Plan shall be subject to annual audit conducted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A: 5-14.

9.              Disposition of Abandoned Property

A.              The Chief Financial Officer shall escheat to the State of New Jersey, checks that remain outstanding for twelve or more months after the date of issuance.

RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE TIMES, DATES AND PLACES OF CONFERENCE MEETINGS OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD, ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY PURSUANT TO THE “OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS LAW” P.L. 1975, CHAPTER 231


WHEREAS, the “Open Public Meetings Law”, P.L. 1975, Chapter 231, requires that notice be given to the public of the times, dates and places of all regular meetings and all conference meetings of the public bodies to which reference is made in said law; and

              WHEREAS, said law applies to the regular meetings and the conference meetings of the Bloomfield Township Council, the Governing Body of the Township of Bloomfield, in the County of Essex, New Jersey.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey that the following are the times, dates and places of the conference meetings of the Bloomfield Township Council for the year 2014:

CONFERENCE MEETINGS:

January 6,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

 

June 16,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

January 27,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

 

July 21,

Mon.

7:00 PM

February 18,

Tues.

7:00 P.M.

 

August 18,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

March 17,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

 

September 15,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

April 21,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

 

October 20,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

May 19,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

 

November 17,

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

 

December 15

Mon.

6:00 P.M./7:30 P.M

 

 

 

 

(Conf/Reg)

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the meetings in July and August are subject to revision at a later date, and if the dates of said meetings shall be changed, adequate notice thereof shall be given pursuant to law; and

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all conference meetings of the Bloomfield Township Council shall be conducted at 7:00 P.M. in Room 205 of the Law Enforcement Building, Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, New Jersey; and

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Municipal Clerk is authorized and directed to furnish certified copies of this resolution to Channels 30/35, Bloomfield Life, which is the official newspaper for the Township of Bloomfield, and the Independent Press and The Star-Ledger, which newspaper is circulated daily in the Township of Bloomfield, which in the opinion of the Township Council of the Township of Bloomfield, are newspapers which have the greatest likelihood of informing the public in the Township of Bloomfield; and

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Municipal Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to post a certified copy of this resolution on the bulletin board located on the first floor of the Municipal Building, Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, N.J.

RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE TIMES, DATES AND PLACES OF REGULAR MEETINGS OF THE TOWNSHIP COUNCIL OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BLOOMFIELD, ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY PURSUANT TO THE “OPEN PUBLIC” MEETINGS LAW” P.L. 1975, CHAPTER 231

              WHEREAS, the “Open Public Meetings Law”, P.L. 1975, Chapter 231, requires that notice be given to the public of the times, dates and places of all regular meetings and all conference meetings of the public bodies to which reference is made in said law; and

              WHEREAS, said law applies to the regular meetings and the conference meetings of the Bloomfield Township Council, the Governing Body of the Township of Bloomfield, in the County of Essex, New Jersey.

              NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex, State of New Jersey that the following are the times, dates and places of the regular meetings of the Bloomfield Township Council for the year 2014:

REGULAR MEETINGS:

January 1

Wed

1:30 P.M

 

June 4

Wed.

7:00 P.M.

  Van Fossan Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 14

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

January 13

Mon.

7:00 P.M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 11

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

January 21

Tues.

7:00 P.M

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2

Tues.

7:00 P.M.

February 3

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

 

Fairview School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 3

Mon.

7:00 P.M

 

October 6

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

Carteret School

 

Oak View School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 7

Mon.

7:00 P.M

 

November 5

Wed.

7:00 P.M.

Brookdale School

 

Watsessing School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 5

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

 

December 1

Mon.

7:00 P.M.

Franklin School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 4

Wed.

7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

 

 

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the meetings in July and August are subject to revision at a later date, and if the dates of said meeting shall be changed, adequate notice thereof shall be given pursuant to law; and

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all regular meetings of the Township Council shall be conducted in the Council Chambers, Municipal Building, Municipal Plaza, at 7:00 P.M., Bloomfield, New Jersey; and

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Municipal Clerk is authorized and directed to furnish certified copies of this resolution to Channels 30/35, Bloomfield Life, which is the official newspaper for the Township of Bloomfield, and the Independent Press and The Star-Ledger, which newspaper is circulated daily in the Township of Bloomfield, which in the opinion of the Township Council of the Township of Bloomfield, are collectively the newspapers which have the greatest likelihood of informing the public in the Township of Bloomfield; and

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Municipal Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to post a certified copy of this resolution on the bulletin board located on the first floor of the Municipal Building, Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, N.J.

A roll call vote was had which was unanimous in favor of the motion to accept the Consent Agenda items. These items were approved and adopted and roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Elias N. Chalet, First Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia

 

VI.              TOWNSHIP ADMINISTRATOR:

1.              2014 BCA Budget

Stuart Koperweis, Executive Director of the Bloomfield Center Alliance. Mr. Koperweis explained the budget for the Bloomfield Center Alliance. He said that they work very closely with the Department of Public Works. He also talked about what the BCA will be doing in 2014. Mr. Koperweis asked if the Mayor and Council could adopt the resolution tonight. He also asked if anyone had any questions.

Ms. Palagano explained that the resolution would be adopted at the January 13th meeting and then the Public Hearing would be done 28 days later according to law.

Mayor Venezia asked what the status of the six-point project was.

Mr. Koperweis said that they are very close to having an SOP being approved by the Department of Transportation to allow the BCA to go out and receive a funding number from the Federal Government Highway Administration. He said that will allow them to go out for an RFP.

Mayor Venezia asked Mr. Koperweis to explain what the project is.

Mr. Koperweis said that it is the reconfiguration of six points to allow a left hand turning lane on Bloomfield Avenue going west into the train station. He said that it was approved by the County about a year ago and there will be new turning lanes and new landscaping.

The Council discussed this issue in detail and some of the topics discussed was clarification on what an Request for Proposals and Standard Operating Procedures are.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia

2.              Garden State JIF Commissioner/Alternate

Mr. Ehrenburg explained that the former Mayor, Ray McCarthy, was the Commissioner for the Garden State Municipal Joint Insurance Fund. He said that he needs a resolution naming a new Commissioner and Alternate. Mr. Ehrenburg suggested that he would be the Commissioner and Mayor Venezia would be the alternate if Mr.

Mayor Venezia asked Mr. Ehrenburg to explain to the audience what the JIF was.

Mr. Ehrenburg stated that the Garden State Municipal Joint Insurance Fund is a group insurance program. He said this fund reduces the operating budget because it shares the cost of the insurance with other municipalities.

Councilman Joanow moved the request, which motion was seconded by Councilman Chalet for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 1/13/2014 6:45 PM

MOVER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Elias N. Chalet, First Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Davis, Lopez, Pomares, Venezia

3.              Block 243 Concept Plan

Mr. Domenick explained that this item is for a previously adopted redevelopment project for Bloomfield Center. He said Block 243 is for Anne Sez and surrounding properties. Mr. Domenick explained that before this went to the Planning Board, the Board Attorney had some issues that he believed deviated from the redevelopment plan. Mr. Domenick explained that he asked them to come back to the Mayor and Council for review and approval before they file their application. Mr. Domenick said one of the issues was the removal of some of the retail stores and the insertion of some window boxes for display and the lack of a loading dock on the project. He said he is turning it over to the developers to explain so the Mayor and Council can make an educated vote.

Mayor Venezia said that the loading dock is a Planning Board issue. He said that they are there for the windows because the windows go against the redevelopment plan.

Lisa John, Esq. Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster, Attorneys at Law, representing MCP, Bloomfield Urban Renewal, LLC. She said that MCP had required the property. She said that back in 2013 they entered into a Redevelopment Agreement with the Township and attached to the Redevelopment Agreement was a Concept Plan. Ms. John said that since the initial approval, the Concept Plan has been modified slightly in order to accommodate the site. She said the Redevelopment Agreement states that if there are any changes in the Concept Plan, they must come back to the Mayor and Council for approval. Ms. John said that the plan did originally show shadow boxes and she was not sure if the Council originally noticed them. Ms. John turned over the discussion to the Architect, Dave Minno.

David Minno displayed a picture of the development and explained what the window boxes were going to be utilized for.

Councilman Pomares asked how many boxes there would be? How many would be for art work? What is the mechanism for choosing who the artist would be?

Mr. Minno said that he believes there will be eight window boxes.

Ms. John said with respect to the control of what goes in the windows, the art displays and the retail windows are a permitted use. She said that they will be asking the developer to showcase local art along with items of sale from the retail stores.

Dan Mandelbaum, MCP, said that the art would come from possible places like the College or the art museum. He said that vendors may also want to put their merchandise in the windows.

Councilman Pomares said that it is not a dedicated usage, but a rotating usage.

Mr. Mandelbaum said yes.

Councilman Joanow talked about the synergy of the two buildings and questioned if they would blend together. He talked about some of the green features.

Councilman Bernard moved the request for a resolution, which motion was seconded by Councilman Lopez for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 1/13/2014 6:45 PM

MOVER:              Carlos Pomares, Councilman

SECONDER:              Joseph Lopez, Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

4.              Repealed Handicap Parking Spaces

Mr. Ehrenburg said that there is a listing of sixteen parking spaces to be removed because these spaces are no longer being utilized.

Councilman Lopez moved the request to repeal the sixteen parking spaces, which motion was seconded by Councilwoman Davis for discussion.

Councilman Bernard asked if residential handicapped parking spaces can be specific to the person asking for the spot.

Captain Behre explained that it would violate the ordinance.

Councilman Bernard said that he knows other towns allow it. He also said that he receives complaints from people that have handicapped spaces that when they get home someone is in their spot.

Captain Behre said that it is based on a need in the neighborhood and if the person made application in the past and was denied. He said that it could be looked into further, however, presently it violates the Township ordinance. He said you cannot preclude anyone from parking there.

Mayor Venezia said that Mr. Aloia was investigating this last year.

Mr. Aloia said that there is a procedure you can go through to actually have the space limited to only the applicant who applied for the space.

Captain Behre said he would look at that again.

RESULT:              APPROVE [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 1/13/2014 6:45 PM

MOVER:              Joseph Lopez, Councilman

SECONDER:              Wartyna Davis, Councilwoman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

5.              Appointment of Optimus Exitus Staffing Agency

Mr. Domenick said that his office has been working with a depleted staff. He would like to hire through this staffing agency, clerks and inspectors who are knowledgeable in the construction field. He is requesting to bring the agency in and try them out to help him staff the office. He said it is strictly an hourly rate. He would like to start by having them hire a clerical staff.

Councilman Bernard asked what happens if someone is out sick.

Mr. Domenick said that it depends on the field of the inspections that have to be done in. He said that some of the Inspectors have multiple licenses where they can cover a wider area and some of the Inspectors do not. He said that is in extreme circumstances and they try to avoid that.

Councilman Joanow moved the request, which motion was seconded by Councilman Bernard for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 2/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

6.              Award of Contract - Towing

Captain Behre said that bids were received in November, 2013. He said that three bids were picked up and two bids were returned. He said that ECRB presented a bid for $47.30 per car as well as submitting all of the required documents. Captain Behre is recommending ECRB.

Councilman Bernard moved the request of the Police Department, which motion was seconded by Councilman Joanow for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 1/13/2014 6:45 PM

MOVER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

VII.              TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY:

No Report.

VIII.              FINANCE DIRECTOR:

No Report.

IX.              TOWNSHIP ENGINEER:

No Report.

X.              TOWNSHIP CLERK

1.              Nutley Irish American Association Ad

Ms. Palagano reviewed a request for an ad from the Nutley Irish American Association. She explained that Freeholder Gill will be the Grand Marshall this year.

Councilman Chalet moved a $100.00 ad, which motion was seconded by Councilman Joanow for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Elias N. Chalet, First Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

2.              Portable Sound and Recording System

Ms. Palagano explained that since the meetings will be rotating around to the schools, she will need to purchase a portable recording and sound system. She said that she has obtained three informal quotes which she placed in the packets. She said the lowest quote was from Gramco for $6,733.

Councilman Chalet moved the request to purchase the equipment, which motion was seconded by Councilman Bernard for discussion.

Mayor Venezia asked if there was a possibility of renting a system.

Ms. Palagano said that she would look into it.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 1/13/2014 6:45 PM

MOVER:              Elias N. Chalet, First Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

XI.              TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

1.              Welcome to Bloomfield Signs (Bernard)

Councilman Bernard said that he would like to see a Welcome to Bloomfield Sign at Chester Ave.

Mayor Venezia feels that there should be signs placed at all of the locations that enter into Bloomfield. He said they will do some research on it and go from there.

Mayor Venezia asked Mr. Nesto what happened to the Adopt an Island program.

Mr. Nesto said that he would have some information at the next Council meeting.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED NO VOTE              Next: 2/18/2014 7:00 PM

2.              Animal Shelter (Bernard)

Councilman Bernard said that he visited the Animal Shelter and it was clean and there was a lot of donations.

3.              Planning Board and Recreation Appointments (Venezia)

Mayor Venezia said that he would like to make a few appointments. He said to the Planning Board he would like to reappoint Dan McGonigle, and appoint Sam LaForte and Enver Domingo. He said he would like to also reappoint John Marek and appoint Mike Cantalupo to the Recreation Commission.

RESULT:              APPROVED NO VOTE              Next: 1/13/2014 6:45 PM

XII.              CLOSED SESSION:

Councilman Bernard moved the following ordinance, which motion was seconded by Councilman Joanow:

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12 allows for a Public Body to go into closed session during a Public Meeting, and

WHEREAS, the Governing Body of Township of Bloomfield has deemed it necessary to go into closed session to discuss certain matters which are exempted from the Public; and

WHEREAS, the regular meeting of this Governing Body will reconvene;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Bloomfield will go into closed session for the following reason(s) as outlined in N.J.S.A. 10:4-12:

Any matter which, by express provision of Federal Law, State Statute or Rule of Court shall be rendered confidential or excluded from discussion in public;

Any matter in which the release of information would impair a right to receive funds from the federal government;

Any matter the disclosure of which constitutes an unwarranted invasion of individual privacy;

Any collective bargaining agreement, or the terms and conditions of which are proposed for inclusion in any collective bargaining agreement, including the negotiation of terms and conditions with employees or representatives of employees of the public body;

Any matter involving the purpose, lease or acquisition of real property with public funds, the setting of bank rates or investment of public funds where it could adversely affect the public interest if discussion of such matters were disclosed;

Any tactics and techniques utilized in protecting the safety and property of the public, provided that their disclosure could impair such protection.  Any investigations of violations or possible violations of the law;

Any pending or anticipated litigation or contract negotiation in which the public body is or may become a party.  Any matters falling within the attorney-client privilege, to the extent that confidentiality is required in order for the attorney to exercise his ethical duties as a lawyer;

Any matter involving the employment, appointment, termination of employment, terms and conditions of employment, evaluation of the performance, promotion or disciplining of any specific prospective public officer or employee or current public officer or employee employed or appointed by the public body, unless all individual employees or appointees whose rights could be adversely affected request in writing that such matter or matters be discussed at a public meeting;

Any deliberation of a public body occurring after a public hearing that may result in the imposition of a specific civil penalty upon the responding party or the suspension or loss of a license or permit belonging to the responding party as a result of an act of omission for which the responding party bears responsibility;

Any matter involving the employment, appointment, termination of employment, disciplinary action unless individual in writing requests a public meeting;

Any deliberations of the public body occurring after a public hearing that may result in the imposition of specific civil penalty.

 

Roll call vote showed: Councilman Chalet, Councilman Bernard, Councilman Joanow, Councilwoman Davis, Councilman Lopez, Councilman Pomares and Mayor Venezia voting "yes."

A.              LITIGATION

1.              Michael McCracken / Hector Cartagena - Preservation Letter

Mr. Aloia discussed the specifics of this case.

The Mayor and Council talked about the case in great detail. Some of the topics discussed were suspension, termination, minor offenses, major disciplinary action, criminal offenses, policies and procedures, amount of suspension time, IA process, Attorney General, and policy weakness.

Councilman Bernard moved to hire an outside Hearing Officer for $165.00 an hour, which motion was seconded by Councilwoman Davis for discussion.

Roll call vote showed: Roll call vote showed: Councilman Chalet, Councilman Bernard, Councilman Joanow, Councilwoman Davis, Councilman Lopez, Councilman Pomares and Mayor Venezia voting "yes."

2.              American Counseling Center, Inc., Et Al.

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

3.              Somerset Development, et al. v. Township of Bloomfield, et al.

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

4.              Gilliam vs. Township Of Bloomfield

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

5.              One West Bank vs. Cramer, Et al

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

6.              NJDEP v. Occidental Chemical

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

B.              PERSONNEL

1.              PBA Grievance

Mr. Aloia explained the grievance for the Mayor and Council. He suggested that it should be denied.

Councilman Chalet moved to deny the grievance, which motion was seconded by Councilman Joanow for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Elias N. Chalet, First Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

2.              Resignation of Crossing Guards

The Mayor and Council discussed the possibility of downsizing the number of Crossing Guards.

Councilman Bernard moved to accept the resignations of the four Crossing Guards and hiring four Crossing Guards to replace them, which motion was seconded by Councilman Joanow for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

3.              Dispatcher Resignations

The Mayor and Council discussed the resignation of Police Dispatchers.

Councilman Bernard moved the resignations, which motion was seconded by Councilwoman Davis for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 1/13/2014 6:45 PM

MOVER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Wartyna Davis, Councilwoman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

4.              Permission to Hire Crossing Guards

This item was discussed earlier.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 1/13/2014 6:45 PM

MOVER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Nicholas Joanow, Second Ward Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

5.              Request to Hire Two Emergency Medical Dispatchers

This item was deferred until January 27th for discussion.

RESULT:              TABLED WITH NO VOTE              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

6.              Detective Pay Increase - Contractual

The Mayor and Council reviewed the process of appointing Detectives to the Detective Bureau.

Mayor Venezia suggested this item be deferred until January 21st so the Council can get a better understanding of the process. He said they can move the item tonight and then Captain Behre can return to the Council and give a better understanding of how a Detective becomes a Detective.

Councilman Chalet moved the pay increases, which motion was seconded by Councilman Pomares for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 2/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Elias N. Chalet, First Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Carlos Pomares, Councilman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

7.              Employee #32649

Mr. Aloia explained that it is the intent of employee #32649 to retire on March 1, 2014. He explained that he has not resigned, his intent is to retire.

The Mayor and Council discussed this in detail. Some of the topics discussed were the use of a town vehicle, sick time, doctor's note, holiday pay, Acting Chief and Officer in Charge.

Councilman Bernard moved to make Captain James Behre the Officer in Charge until another determination is made, which motion was seconded by Councilwoman Davis for discussion.

Roll call vote showed:

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 3/3/2014 7:00 PM

MOVER:              Carlos Bernard, Third Ward Councilman

SECONDER:              Wartyna Davis, Councilwoman

AYES:              Chalet, Joanow, Bernard, Pomares, Lopez, Davis, Venezia

C.              NEGOTIATIONS

1.              OPEIU

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

2.              OPEIU - DPW

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

3.              Bloomfield Maintenance Foremen's Association

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

4.              PBA Local 32

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

5.              PBA Superior Officer's Association

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

6.              FMBA Local 19

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

7.              FMBA Local 219

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

8.              Bloomfield Crossing Guards

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

9.              Communication Operators

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

D.              LAND ACQUISITION

E.              ANIMAL SHELTER

1.              Animal Control Services for Township of Bloomfield

As of the date of the agenda being prepared, the status in this matter has not changed.

RESULT:              NOT DISCUSSED              Next: 1/27/2014 6:30 PM

 

Councilman Bernard moved to go back into Open Session at 10:34 PM, which motion was seconded by Councilman Joanow and approved by all present.

XIII.              Adjournment

There being no further business to discuss, on motion of Councilwoman Davis and seconded by Councilman Pomares, the meeting adjourned at 10:35 PM. All members present approved.

 

 

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Louise M. Palagano, Municipal Clerk