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FH Workshop Meeting Minutes - 2013-02-13

FH Workshop Meeting Minutes - 2013-02-13

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February 13, 2013
Adequate notice of this meeting held the 13
day of February has been provided through resolutionadopted by this Board at a meeting held at the Administration and Records Building on January 4,2013 through electronic mailing of said resolution to the Star Ledger, the Daily Record and theRecord, through posting on the County website, and by filing a copy of same with the MorrisCounty Clerk and the Clerk of this Board.
ROLL CALL: Director
MastrangeloDeputy Director ScapicchioFreeholder CabanaFreeholder CesaroFreeholder GrossiFreeholder KrickusFreeholder LyonSALUTE TO THE FLAG8:30 a.m.PRESENTATION: Joan Bramhall, County Clerk2013 Contest WinnersFront Cover Design of the Morris County Manual Third Place Maria Acosta-Sanchez Morris Knolls High SchoolSecond Place Joseph DeRose Morris Knolls High SchoolFirst Place Emily Sinegra Morris Knolls High SchoolPROGRAM:One Year Anniversary Frank Pinto, Director, Dept. of HumanMorris View Subacute Unit ServicesCatherine Engler, Administrator, MorrisView Healthcare CenterADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT CLERK/DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTSCOUNTY COUNSEL’S REPORT REVIEW RESOLUTIONSFREEHOLDERS’ REPORTS ______________________________________________________________________________ CORRESPONDENCE:
13-02 Mark Built Properties, LLC to open James Street in Morris Township for new entranceto development (not a newly paved road – paved 5-25-94)
 CLOSED SESSION: Identify TopicPERSONNELChief Information Officer UpdateAPPOINTMENTS Two appointments for the Workforce Investment BoardCONTRACT NEGOTIATIONSManaged Medicaid Morris ViewPotential Lease Agreement Morris ViewMorris County Improvement Authority ContractsPURCHASE, LEASE OR ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY PENDING ORANTICIPATED LITIGATIONMATTERS FALLING WITHIN THE ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE
Additional information about any resolution or ordinance that appears on the agendacan be obtained by calling the office of the Morris County Counsel at 973-829-8060.
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 The public informal work session of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Morris was calledto order by Director Mastrangelo at 8:30 a.m. on February 13, 2013 in the Knox Conference Room,5
Floor, Administration and Records Building, Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey.Deputy Clerk of the Board Susan Allard read the open public meeting announcement as to the schedulingresolution and the publication of notice as required by law.
Freeholders In Attendance
:Director MastrangeloFreeholder Cabana (arrived at 8:35 a.m.)Freeholder CesaroFreeholder Grossi
Freeholders Absent:
Staff Present
Administrator BonanniAssistant Administrator BuchananClerk of the Board KetchumDeputy Clerk of the Board AllardCounty Counsel Dan O’MullanAssistant County Counsel Bush
Others Present
: The meeting was open to the public and press.Freeholder KrickusFreeholder LyonFreeholder ScapicchioDirector BurdAssistant Director D’AgostinoDirector HammondDirector LearyDirector PintoDirector RoePublic Information Officer GarifoAfter the Freeholder Board saluted the flag, DirectorMastrangelo declared that the Board would go intoexecutive session.At 8:35 a.m. Mr. O’Mullan read the following:WHEREAS, pursuant to P.L. 1975 Ch. 231, theOpen Public Meetings Act, the Board may excludethe public to discuss matters as are provided underthe Act; andWHEREAS, said Act provides that this Boardexclude the public from the discussion of suchmatters,NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that thisBoard hereby excludes the public in order to discusssuch matters. The general nature of the subjects to bediscussed is as follows:1. Contracts Morris County ImprovementAuthority. The meeting returned to open session at 8:43 a.m. Those present were Freeholders Mastrangelo,Cabana, Cesaro, Grossi, Krickus, Lyon andScapicchio.Also present were John Bonanni, CountyAdministrator; Dan O’Mullan, County Counsel;Mary Jo Buchanan, Assistant Administrator; RandyBush, Assistant County Counsel, Joe Garifo, PublicInformation Office; Clerk of the Board Ketchum,Deputy Clerk of the Board Allard, Director Burd,Assistant Director D’Agostino, Director Hammond,Director Leary, Director Pinto, DirectorRoe, Catherine Engler, Administrator,Morris View and Ron Deal, PremierHealthcare Resources.County Clerk Bramhall joined the meetingalong with the contest winners.Morris County 2013 Manual ContestWinnersMs. Bramhall noted that this is the 13
yearher office is running this contest. Therewere 213 entries from ten area high schools.Mayor Frank Druetzler, Mr. Brown from theCounty Clerk’s Office and County ClerkBramhall were the judges for this year.Ms. Bramhall presented a $100 check toMaria Acosta-Sanchez who is a freshman.One of her main interests is music. Joe DeRose received $150 as second placewinner. He plays varsity baseball andenjoys physics and astronomy.Emily Sinegra as first place winner wasgiven a $500 check. She is a sophomorewho enjoys cheerleading and photography. The Freeholder Board congratulated thewinners.
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Morris View Subacute Unit
 Mr. Pinto reported that the subacute unit opened on January 31, 2012. Plans were a long time in themaking to get the program up and running. Witheach passing month, occupancy has increased. Today all 15 beds are in use. The census has beenaveraging over 10 patients per day during thesecond half of 2012.Mr. Deal noted that it has been an impressiveexperience. In 2011 they realized that occupancy of the facility was stagnant and not going in thedirection Premier Healthcare thought it should go.Good space was available and Premier felt it wasneeded in the community and knew they couldprovide a good quality program. The subacuteservice gave an opportunity to increase revenue.Premier’s staff has experience in putting together asubacute rehab facility since they are involved withother healthcare facilities.Ms. Engler reported that the subacutes 100
patientis going home today. This unit is a short-term stay.Like any subacute unit in the area they take care of wounds, do IV therapy, and other therapies that areneeded. Sixteen percent of the Morris View’srevenue comes from Medicare compared to 5%when Premier joined Morris View. This is animportant revenue to the facility. Mr. Deal notedthat admissions had been flat in 2007 -2008 whenthey took over.It was noted that Morris View is still open forMedicaid recipients. This is just an additionalservice being provided that is helping boostrevenue.Ms. Engler reported that a year and a half ago theyhired a registered nurse/clinical liaison to work withthe hospitals for referrals. This has helped toestablish ourselves in the community as acompetitive subacute unit. Within two hours of areferral they are able to get the patient admitted toMorris View. They are applying for membership toHorizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield to increasereferrals. Today the census at Morris View is 271 (capacity is283); the only available beds are in the dementiaunit.Freeholder Lyon asked about the average patientnumber per day in the sub acute unit. Ms. Englernoted that because the unit just started up a yearago, it needed to grow. The last six months haveshown a higher number per day admittance or over10 per day. They are looking to continueadmissions growth for the sub acute unit and if needed, they may look to expand the unit.Questions were raised about future Medicare cuts.Mr. Deal responded that is a concern but hiscompany brings in the ability to work with whateveris put in place. Their revenue has increasedeach year even though there have beenMedicare cuts. They have to go with theflow.Mr. Bonanni noted that this is one of theareas that Mr. Pinto and Premier will need tomonitor and report back to the Board in midyear.
He thanked all of the staff for their effortsduring this past week’s snow and ice storm.He distributed an updated list of the PublicSafety Training Academy costs to date. Theproject is moving along as planned.Due to Monday’s holiday, the InsuranceFund Commission meeting had to be movedto Tuesday at 5 p.m. The League of Municipalities meeting will take place onWednesday, February 20 and theImprovement Authority will take place on Thursday, February 21 instead oWednesday, the 20
His department reviewed fifty-tworesolutions for tonight. There is a guarantyordinance this evening regarding theImprovement Authority, Series 2013 in anaggregate principal amount not to exceed$11,000.00.A hearing for the MUA Solid WasteManagement Plan amendment is scheduledfor this evening. Under the New JerseySolid Waste Management Act of 1981,anytime there is a significant change to theplan, we have to give public notice and holda hearing. The MUA’s cost per ton will decrease andthey are working towards passing thesavings onto County residents.
 The Law & Public Safety will be meetingwith Washington Township in a workinggroup this week to review some issues thattook place in the last two weeks. We willreceive a report after the meeting.
Resolution No. 17 is an application for StateAid to NJDOT for $4 million. The moneywill be used for repaving projectsResolution No. 40, with the Musial Group,is for inspection of the construction work atthe Central Avenue Complex.

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