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Minutes of Commissioners Meeting   -   August 16, 2017

Note:  Complete Meeting Appears on CD #20-17 on File in the Borough Clerk's Office. August 16, 2017
Wildwood Crest, NJ

Prior to the opening of the meeting, Mr. Groon led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

The meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Borough of Wildwood Crest, Cape May County, New Jersey, was held in the Municipal Court Room at 5:30 p.m.  On roll call the following answered to their names:

 

Gould -   Cabrera -    Groon -          YES

   

Mr. Groon read the following statement:  In compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975, the notice requirements have been satisfied as to the time, place and date of holding said meeting by posting notice on the bulletin board in the Borough Hall and by e-mailing and same to the Gazette-Leader, Herald of Cape May County and The Press on December 1, 2016.

 

Mr. Gould next announced the one-way in and the one-way out method of ingress and egress in case of emergency.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance 1258 be placed on second and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE:

ORDINANCE NO. 1258

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER 36 – FLOOD HAZARD AREAS – OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST ADOPTED AS ORDINANCE NO. 1177 ON NOVEMBER 25, 2013 TO BRING INTO COMPLIANCE WITH NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION – BUREAU OF FLOOD CONTROL REGULATIONS

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing now be held on Ordinance No. 1258.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes

 

Mrs. Gould then motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1258 now be closed.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1258 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance 1259 be placed on second and final passage by title only.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE BY TITLE:

ORDINANCE NO. 1259

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 46 – OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES –SECTION 46-5.1 – GROUP INSURANCE- OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST ADOPTED AS ORDINANCE NO. 1201 ON DECEMBER 23, 2014

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that a public hearing now be held on Ordinance No. 1259.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes

 

Mrs. Gould then motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the public hearing on Ordinance No. 1259 now be closed.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that Ordinance No. 1259 be passed on second and final reading and advertised according to law.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO.  1018-17

WHEREAS, on July 8, 2015, the FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT  AGENCY (FEMA) awarded the BOROUGH OF WILDWOOD CREST a Hazard Mitigation grant for a generator project Under HMGP-DR-4086-NJ-0389-F; and,

 

WHEREAS, the period of performance for said award was June 25, 2015 through June 25, 2018, with an expenditure deadline of June 25, 2017; and

 

WHEREAS, the total project cost is $310,000.00, with a Federal Share of $75,000.00, and a non-Federal Share of $235,000.00; and

 

WHEREAS, on June 5, 2017, the Borough received an updated estimate that totaled $360,000.00; and

 

WHEREAS, the cost for the Borough to continue this project is no longer feasible and the Borough of Wildwood Crest would like to formally decline acceptance of the Award to the Borough of Wildwood Crest – Crest Memorial School Generator Project, Under HMGP-DR-4086-NJ-0389-F.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the Award to the Borough of Wildwood Crest – Crest Memorial School Generator Project, Under HMGP-DR-4086-NJ-0389-F is formally declined.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO.  1019-17

WHEREAS, the WILDWOOD CREST FIRE CO. #1 AUXILIARY made application on August 7, 2017 for a Raffles License under Application No. RA-109; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest to issue a Certificate of Approval under Application No. RA-109 to WILDWOOD CREST FIRE CO. #1 AUXILIARY for holding of said Raffle;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, in the County of Cape May, State of New Jersey, as follows:

 

          1.  That the Board issue to the WILDWOOD CREST FIRE CO. #1 AUXILIARY a Certificate of Findings and Determination to be signed by the proper officer of said Board of Commissioners under Application No. RA-109 made by said WILDWOOD CREST FIRE CO. #1 AUXILIARY; and

 

          2. That the Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Wildwood Crest be, and she is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to cause the proper Raffle License to be issued to the WILDWOOD CREST FIRE CO. #1 AUXILIARY in accordance with the application made therefor.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO.  1020-17

WHEREAS, ANTONIE STAHL, of 309 East Lavender Road, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey 08260, had cause to utilize Emergency Medical Services of the Borough of Wildwood Crest; and

 

WHEREAS, ANTONIE STAHL received a two invoices from Cape Medical Billing; one from Borough of Wildwood Crest EMS in the amount $92.97 and one from City of Wildwood Fire Rescue in the amount of $91.67; and

 

WHEREAS, ANTONIE STAHL paid the sum of both invoices ($184.64) to the Borough of Wildwood Crest via Check #492 and is due a refund of $91.67; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey, that the Chief Financial Officer be and is hereby authorized and directed to issue a refund of overpaid Emergency Medical Services in the amount of $91.67 to ANTONIE STAHL, 309 East Lavender Road, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, 08260.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO.  1021-17

WHEREAS, the below listed parcel was granted a 100% Totally Disabled Veteran Exemption on June 2, 2017 and;

 

WHEREAS, the property has been granted an exemption from taxes prorated for 18 months, and said exemption has resulted in an overpayment,

 

Block /Lot                            Name                                                                                     Amount

132-6                                     Gabriel D. Beck                                                                    $5,302.89

                                                219 E Denver Ave                                                                                              

                                                100% Totally Disabled Veteran Exemption granted for

                             12 months (November 2016 – November 2017). 

                                            Refund tax overpayment                                                                                                     

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, State of New Jersey, the Chief Financial Officer is hereby authorized to execute said refund as soon as practicable and the Tax Collector should mark the records accordingly to reflect said refund as per the meeting on August 16, 2017.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes          

 

THE CLERK READS THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION BY TITLE:

RESOLUTION NO.  1022-17

WHEREAS, on August 11, 2017 , ROBERT BRODHEAD , 735 W Spruce Ave , North Wildwood, NJ 08260 , applied for a Special Events Permit for the purpose of the ROBERT & NICOLE WEDDING   to be held on SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 ,  at 3:00 pm, on the Beach at Stanton Rd ; and

                                                                                                                                                         

WHEREAS,  ROBERT BRODHEAD, 735 W Spruce Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260, has supplied all documentation required under Ordinance No. 936, including the requisite Certificate of Insurance, and has further pledged to comply with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the conduct of said Special Event; and

 

WHEREAS, the application has been reviewed by the Board of Commissioners, upon verification by appropriate members of staff as to completeness of the application, scheduling compatibility, etc.;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Wildwood Crest, County of Cape May, New Jersey that the Borough Clerk be and she is hereby authorized and directed to issue a Special Events Permit to  ROBERT BRODHEAD , 735 W Spruce Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 for the purpose of the ROBERT & NICOLE WEDDING to be held on SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 , at 3:00 pm, on the Beach at Stanton Rd.

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that the foregoing Resolution be adopted.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all bills properly authorized, as submitted, be paid.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all reports received from the Chief Financial Officer, Tax Collector, Court Administrator, and the Chief of Police for the month ending July 31, 2017 be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

Mrs. Gould motioned, seconded by Mr. Cabrera, that all minutes from Commission Meetings dated July 19th, August 2nd, and August 12th, 2017 be approved as presented.

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes         

 

THE GOVERNING BODY AUTHORIZED APPROVAL OF 1 TAXI CAB LICENSES (Number One Taxi, LLC) for Calendar Year 2017 in accordance with the Provisions of Chapter 73 of the Code of the Borough of Wildwood Crest

Vote:          Gould - Cabrera - Groon   – Yes        

 

The Mayor announced that at the end of business, the meeting would move to Rambler Road to examine the street end.  The Clerk stated for the record, that the meeting was still in open session and the audience could follow to Rambler Road.  The Mayor announced that after examining two street ends that the Governing Body would return to Borough Hall to adjourn. 

 

Administrator’s Report:

August 16, 2017

 

SJ GAS Projects

I just received the South Jersey Gas’s plan for the mill and pave of those roadways impacted by the Grid 1 project.  It is here for your review.  As reported earlier the upgrades from steel pipes to PVC are complete with paving to commence in October when there are less cars parked on our streets. 

 

Kayak Launch/ Sunset Lake Shoreline Stabilization

As you know, we received cost estimate from MM of $150,000 for replacement of current launch to make it a viewing platform/ fishing pier and construct a combination kayak/ paddle board launch adjacent to the parking lot.  Because there is shellfish habitat there we must apply to DEP for fishing pier. The DEP permitting fee was incorporated into the required permits for the FEMA shoreline stabilization project.   Two (2) DEP Land Use Regulation Permits are required.  They are a Waterfront Development Permit and Coastal Wetlands Permit.  The $6000 fee was included on our bill list this evening.  The check will be forwarded with the permit application to NJDEP Land Use Regulation in the next few weeks.  I will be working with MM to secure necessary funding for the improvements not covered by FEMA.

 

Beach/ Dune Project

Our Coastal Engineer is working on a plan to address two issues with NJDEP and USACE.  They are:  1) the ponding in the back beach areas and 2) dune placement.  I expect a full report to you at our first meeting in September.

 

Summer Concert Series Rain Date

The band 2-U previously scheduled for July 29th is now scheduled for this Friday, August 18th.  This will be in addition to the already scheduled concerts this week, which are tonight and Saturday.

 

Commentary: 

The Mayor formally welcomed Marc DeBlasio as the General / Facilities Engineer.  The Administrator indicated that Mr. DeBlasio would be present at the evening meetings to answer questions and he would provide an update for the morning meetings.

 

ENGINEER’S REPORT: (not applicable)

 

Public Commentary:

 

Tim Bennett, 217 W. Charleston Avenue, followed up with paving on St. Louis near the school.  The Administrator indicated she would follow up with South Jersey Gas and get back to Mr. Bennett.

 

Chief McGrath then thanked the Governing Body and department heads for all of their help with National Night Out and indicated it was a huge success.

 

Old Business:

The Army Corps Beach Plan was discussed in the Administrator’s report.  With regard to Sand Back Pass, the Mayor wanted the public to know that the Borough has not done this in 5 or 6 years and are currently not back passing sand at this point.  Furthermore, if it does occur, it will be lead by USACE and DEP.

 

With regard to the Kayak Launch, there were no updates.

 

With regard to the “Old Library,” there were no updates.

 

Before going into NEW BUSINESS, the Mayor once again opened the floor for additional comments from the public.  He stated that no other business would be discussed.

 

New Business: 

“Proposed ADA Street Ends” 

 

Hearing nothing from the public, the Clerk stated the recorder was being turned off, but the meeting was still in Open Session.  The Commissioners, Administrator, Engineer, Chief of Police, Superintendent of Public Works, and the Borough Clerk agreed to meet at Rambler Road.

The Commissioners discussed possible improvements to the street ends.  After leaving Rambler Road, the Commissioners agreed to have everyone meet at another unique street end: Pittsburgh Avenue.  Again, discussions followed how to improve the street end.

 

After returning to Borough Hall, the Clerk noted that Commissioner Gould was not present.  Hearing nothing further from the public, Mr. Cabrera motioned, seconded by Mr. Groon that the meeting be adjourned.  Both were in favor.  The time was 6:59 p.m.

 

Dated: September 20, 2017

Patricia A. Feketics, Borough Clerk         

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