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February 13, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Adequate notice of this meeting held the 13th day of February has been provided through resolution adopted 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 the Record, through posting on the County website, and by filing a copy of same with the Morris County Clerk and the Clerk of this Board. ROLL CALL: Director Mastrangelo Deputy Director Scapicchio Freeholder Cabana Freeholder Cesaro Freeholder Grossi Freeholder Krickus Freeholder Lyon SALUTE TO THE FLAG 8:30 a.m. PRESENTATION: Joan Bramhall, County Clerk 2013 Contest Winners Front Cover Design of the Morris County Manual Third Place Second Place First Place Maria Acosta-Sanchez Joseph DeRose Emily Sinegra Morris Knolls High School Morris Knolls High School Morris Knolls High School

PROGRAM: One Year Anniversary Morris View Subacute Unit

Frank Pinto, Director, Dept. of Human Services Catherine Engler, Administrator, Morris View Healthcare Center CLERK/DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS




FREEHOLDERS REPORTS ______________________________________________________________________________ CORRESPONDENCE: None DISCUSSION: ROAD OPENING PERMITS: 13-02 Mark Built Properties, LLC to open James Street in Morris Township for new entrance to development (not a newly paved road paved 5-25-94) CLOSED SESSION: Identify Topic PERSONNEL Chief Information Officer Update APPOINTMENTS Two appointments for the Workforce Investment Board CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS Managed Medicaid Morris View Potential Lease Agreement Morris View Morris County Improvement Authority Contracts PURCHASE, LEASE OR ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY PENDING OR ANTICIPATED LITIGATION MATTERS FALLING WITHIN THE ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE
*Additional information about any resolution or ordinance that appears on the agenda can be obtained by calling the office of the Morris County Counsel at 973-829-8060.

FREEHOLDER WORK SESSION MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2013 -2The public informal work session of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Morris was called to order by Director Mastrangelo at 8:30 a.m. on February 13, 2013 in the Knox Conference Room, 5th 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 scheduling resolution and the publication of notice as required by law. Freeholders In Attendance: Director Mastrangelo Freeholder Cabana (arrived at 8:35 a.m.) Freeholder Cesaro Freeholder Grossi Freeholders Absent: None Staff Present Administrator Bonanni Assistant Administrator Buchanan Clerk of the Board Ketchum Deputy Clerk of the Board Allard County Counsel Dan OMullan Assistant County Counsel Bush Others Present: The meeting was open to the public and press.

Freeholder Krickus Freeholder Lyon Freeholder Scapicchio

Director Burd Assistant Director DAgostino Director Hammond Director Leary Director Pinto Director Roe Public Information Officer Garifo

After the Freeholder Board saluted the flag, Director Mastrangelo declared that the Board would go into executive session. At 8:35 a.m. Mr. OMullan read the following: WHEREAS, pursuant to P.L. 1975 Ch. 231, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Board may exclude the public to discuss matters as are provided under the Act; and WHEREAS, said Act provides that this Board exclude the public from the discussion of such matters, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this Board hereby excludes the public in order to discuss such matters. The general nature of the subjects to be discussed is as follows: 1. Contracts Morris County Improvement Authority.

Director Leary, Director Pinto, Director Roe, Catherine Engler, Administrator, Morris View and Ron Deal, Premier Healthcare Resources. County Clerk Bramhall joined the meeting along with the contest winners. Morris County 2013 Manual Contest Winners Ms. Bramhall noted that this is the 13th year her office is running this contest. There were 213 entries from ten area high schools. Mayor Frank Druetzler, Mr. Brown from the County Clerks Office and County Clerk Bramhall were the judges for this year. Ms. Bramhall presented a $100 check to Maria Acosta-Sanchez who is a freshman. One of her main interests is music. Joe DeRose received $150 as second place winner. He plays varsity baseball and enjoys physics and astronomy. Emily Sinegra as first place winner was given a $500 check. She is a sophomore who enjoys cheerleading and photography. The Freeholder Board congratulated the winners.

The meeting returned to open session at 8:43 a.m. Those present were Freeholders Mastrangelo, Cabana, Cesaro, Grossi, Krickus, Lyon and Scapicchio. Also present were John Bonanni, County Administrator; Dan OMullan, County Counsel; Mary Jo Buchanan, Assistant Administrator; Randy Bush, Assistant County Counsel, Joe Garifo, Public Information Office; Clerk of the Board Ketchum, Deputy Clerk of the Board Allard, Director Burd, Assistant Director DAgostino, Director Hammond,

FREEHOLDER CONFERENCE MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2013 -3is put in place. Their revenue has increased Morris View Subacute Unit each year even though there have been Mr. Pinto reported that the subacute unit opened on Medicare cuts. They have to go with the January 31, 2012. Plans were a long time in the flow. making to get the program up and running. With each passing month, occupancy has increased. Mr. Bonanni noted that this is one of the Today all 15 beds are in use. The census has been areas that Mr. Pinto and Premier will need to averaging over 10 patients per day during the monitor and report back to the Board in mid second half of 2012. year. Mr. Deal noted that it has been an impressive experience. In 2011 they realized that occupancy of ADMINISTRATORS REPORT the facility was stagnant and not going in the He thanked all of the staff for their efforts direction Premier Healthcare thought it should go. during this past weeks snow and ice storm. Good space was available and Premier felt it was needed in the community and knew they could He distributed an updated list of the Public provide a good quality program. The subacute Safety Training Academy costs to date. The service gave an opportunity to increase revenue. project is moving along as planned. Premiers staff has experience in putting together a subacute rehab facility since they are involved with other healthcare facilities. Ms. Engler reported that the subacutes 100th patient is 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 are needed. Sixteen percent of the Morris Views revenue comes from Medicare compared to 5% when Premier joined Morris View. This is an important revenue to the facility. Mr. Deal noted that admissions had been flat in 2007 -2008 when they took over. It was noted that Morris View is still open for Medicaid recipients. This is just an additional service being provided that is helping boost revenue. Ms. Engler reported that a year and a half ago they hired a registered nurse/clinical liaison to work with the hospitals for referrals. This has helped to establish ourselves in the community as a competitive subacute unit. Within two hours of a referral they are able to get the patient admitted to Morris View. They are applying for membership to Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield to increase referrals. Today the census at Morris View is 271 (capacity is 283); the only available beds are in the dementia unit. Freeholder Lyon asked about the average patient number per day in the sub acute unit. Ms. Engler noted that because the unit just started up a year ago, it needed to grow. The last six months have shown a higher number per day admittance or over 10 per day. They are looking to continue admissions 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 his company brings in the ability to work with whatever Due to Mondays holiday, the Insurance Fund Commission meeting had to be moved to Tuesday at 5 p.m. The League of Municipalities meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 20 and the Improvement Authority will take place on Thursday, February 21 instead of Wednesday, the 20th. COUNTY COUNSELS REPORT His department reviewed fifty-two resolutions for tonight. There is a guaranty ordinance this evening regarding the Improvement Authority, Series 2013 in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $11,000.00. A hearing for the MUA Solid Waste Management Plan amendment is scheduled for this evening. Under the New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act of 1981, anytime there is a significant change to the plan, we have to give public notice and hold a hearing. The MUAs cost per ton will decrease and they are working towards passing the savings onto County residents. FREEHOLDER CABANA The Law & Public Safety will be meeting with Washington Township in a working group this week to review some issues that took place in the last two weeks. We will receive a report after the meeting. FREEHOLDER SCAPICCHIO Resolution No. 17 is an application for State Aid to NJDOT for $4 million. The money will be used for repaving projects Resolution No. 40, with the Musial Group, is for inspection of the construction work at the Central Avenue Complex. FREEHOLDER CESARO

FREEHOLDER CONFERENCE MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2013 -4He reported that the next Transparency Work Group The Freeholder Board continued discussion Committee meeting is on March 4. from the last work session to set the rate for the 2013 Open Space tax. The budget subcommittee recommended a cent tax FREEHOLDER GROSSI Planning & Development Jennifer McCulloch cut for 2013 with no funding given this year Flood Mitigation Program coordinator, has been for MUA projects. The rationale of the asked to speak at the National Association of State subcommittee was that it gave some tax Floodplain Managers Conference in June in relief without impacting the preservation Connecticut. This is an honor to be asked to speak trust fund program. at this conference. Freeholder Grossi commented that she Applications have been received for the 2013 applauds trying to find ways to reduce the Community Development Program. Requests tax, but no one spoke to her about the remain consistent at about double the available reductions until a few minutes before the funding. A luncheon is scheduled for tomorrow so meeting, and she is the liaison to the MUA. committee members can receive the application She is also wondering whether anyone has summary books. Presentations by applicants will reached out to the MUA. take place on March 4 and 5. They will put together a list of funding recommendations. This will be Freeholder Mastrangelo noted that this presented to the Freeholder Board as the proposal was just discussed Monday Community Development Action Plan on April 24. evening and in no way is the subcommittee trying to circumvent anyone in the county She was contacted by Paul Boudreau of the Morris with regard to preservation trust funds. County Economic Development Corp. regarding his meeting with the Budget Subcommittee. He Question was raised whether there could be expressed some concern over the position the more cut from the tax for 2013 without budget subcommittee is taking with the having a negative effect on the open space commitment to provide additional funds of $20,000 program. to the organization. She is bringing this up because the budget subcommittee last year did make a Freeholder Scapicchio asked about the commitment to the MCEDC, and based on the projects that are in the pipeline and value of commitment, they went ahead and implemented the projects. Ms. Leary replied that there is many things including hiring a very effective about $30 million to spend in 2013. She director for the program. She noted that investment will get the specifics together for each in economic development is very important, project. especially in providing needed economic resources to the area to help people get back to work. She Freeholder Krickus is interested in knowing urged the Budget Subcommittee to find that how the cash flow works for preservation $20,000. trust. Freeholder Mastrangelo responded that they have not made a final determination yet and that no one was turned down. Mr. Boudreau will be contacted. Freeholder Lyon noted that the Budget Subcommittee will reconvene after this meeting to continue Monday evenings session. FREEHOLDER LYON He reported that the Sixth Annual Natural High Skating event will take place are on March 21. All are welcome. This usually draws a crowd of 300 people. The Board of School Estimate met this morning to approve County Colleges budget. They came in with a flat budget. This is important for us for the budget subcommittee. This evening municipal mayors have been invited to the Knox Room at 6:30 p.m. for their input into the 2013 County budget. Freeholder Cesaro said if there is an ill effect on reducing the tax more, he does not want to consider it. Freeholder Lyon asked logistically when a decision needs to be made. Reply was that this needs to be adopted by the time the Morris County budget is up for adoption. Freeholder Cabana noted that we can bring this up with the MUA to see what the implications would be for them. The mission of the MUA is preservation of watershed properties. Freeholder Grossi will meet with Glenn Schweizer to discuss this. FREEHOLDER KRICKUS He noted that we are on track with zero percent increase for introduction of the operating budget on February 27. He had a question on Resolution No. 48 Pino.

FREEHOLDER CONFERENCE MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2013 -5Mr. Roe explained that this resolution is for the annual indirect cost plan. 1. Personnel Chief Information Officer Clerk of the Board Ketchum distributed a list of the 2. Appointments Two for the 2013 town meeting schedule. She has heard back Workforce Investment Board with confirmations from the Townships of 3. Contracts Managed Medicaid Rockaway and Roxbury and will continue to work Morris View with the remaining town clerks to set up the 4. Contracts Potential Lease meetings. Agreement Morris View DEPARTMENT HEADS REPORTS Mr. Roe noted that there is a transfer resolution to be placed on the resolution list for this evening. Ms. Leary reported that there is a resolution on the agenda for a shared service contract with Chatham Borough and the Countys GIS staff to prepare digital GIS-based tax sheets for the town. They are also in the process of finalizing similar agreements with Chester Borough and Wharton. Mr. Hammond noted that Resolution No. 42 JG Drywall covers various projects such as sanitary and water lines that had been clogged. Mr. Bonanni noted that Resolution No. 52 transfers duties and powers of the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Elections to the Board of Elections. This bill was sponsored by Senator Bucco and signed into law. It allows the County to continue to do what we have been doing all along for the last few years, not replacing the Supt. of Elections and allowing Dale Kramer to run that function. This will officially allow that department to be run by the Bd. of Elections. This legislation permits us to make it permanent. Freeholder Mastrangelo asked about Res. No. 26 for telephone services. Ms. Buchanan noted that the County still needs to use the Centrex system until we are on board with the VOIP contract. RESOLUTIONS The Board reviewed and discussed the resolutions. ROAD OPENING PERMITS The Board reviewed the permit and approved it to be placed on the evening agenda. At 9:50 a.m. Mr. OMullan read the following: WHEREAS, pursuant to P.L. 1975 Ch. 231, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Board may exclude the public to discuss matters as are provided under the Act; and WHEREAS, said Act provides that this Board exclude the public from the discussion of such matters, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this Board hereby excludes the public in order to discuss such matters. The general nature of the subjects to be discussed is as follows: Respectfully submitted,

Susan Allard Deputy Clerk of the Board The meeting returned to open session at 10:52 a.m. Those present were Freeholders Mastrangelo, Cabana, Cesaro, Grossi, Krickus, Lyon and Scapicchio. Also present were John Bonanni, County Administrator; Dan OMullan, County Counsel; Mary Jo Buchanan, Assistant Administrator; and Randy Bush, Assistant County Counsel. Freeholder Cabana made a motion to adjourn at 10:53 a.m. and Freeholder Lyon seconded the motion. All unanimously agreed.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane M. Ketchum Clerk of the Board