BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
April 10, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENT: Adequate notice of this meeting held the 10th day of April has been provided through resolution adopted by this Board at a meeting held at the Administration and Records Building on February 27, 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 4:30 p.m. PROGRAM: Economic Update
Paul A. Boudreau, President, Morris County Chamber of Commerce Jim Jones, Executive Director, Morris County Economic Development Corporation CLERK/DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
COUNTY COUNSEL’S REPORT
FREEHOLDERS’ REPORTS ______________________________________________________________________________ CORRESPONDENCE: 1. Sgt. Mark Giansanti of the Township of Harding Police Department has requested that the Freeholder Board be advised about the Harding Township School PTO 5K Walk/Run to take place on Sunday, June 9 between 10:00 to 11:30 along portions of Lee’s Hill (CR 663), Blue Mill (CR 663) and Village Roads (CR 646). No road closures are requested. DISCUSSION: ROAD OPENING PERMITS: 13-05 – NJ Natural Gas to open Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson Township to install a gas main. (not a newly paved road – paved December 1999) 13-06 – New Jersey Natural Gas to open the Boulevard (CR 618) in Mountain Lakes to install a gas main (not a newly paved road – paved June 2006) 13-07 – Hollister Construction Services to open Columbia Turnpike and Ridgedale Avenue in Florham Park for utilities to new TD Bank on corner (not a newly paved road – paved September 2007) CLOSED SESSION: Identify Topic PERSONNEL BPA 151 Status Non Bargaining Unit Staff Prosecutor’s Office Staff Audit Report on MC Sheriff’s Office Forensic Hiring APPOINTMENTS One Appointment to the Morris County Planning Board Alternate Vacancy Ten Appointments to the Morris View Advisory Committee One Appointment to the Heritage Commission CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS HUD Open Space PURCHASE, LEASE OR ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY PENDING OR
FREEHOLDER WORK SESSION MEETING – APRIL 10, 2013 -2ANTICIPATED LITIGATION MATTERS FALLING WITHIN THE ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE High View Property BPU Administrative Hearings
*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.
The public informal work session of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Morris was called to order by Director Mastrangelo at 4:30 p.m. on April 10, 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 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 O’Mullan Assistant County Counsel Bush Others Present: The meeting was open to the public and press 2013 – 2017: $2 trillion CRE “fiscal cliff” – 50% “underwater” Corporate preferences for LEED environments Tenants move from one building to another; they need to have an infusion of new tenants moving in from outside the county. Some of these buildings need to be re-purposed. New MCEDC Toolkit: Expert Services Task Force Sites Database Industry Cluster GIS Tool EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Re-Branding Morris County Municipal Outreach He reviewed the Regional Innovation Clusters Map provided by the County’s Planning & Development staff. Continuing Support for Economic Development: New MCEDC Website Quarterly Mayors Council Meetings Support for EB-5
Freeholder Krickus Freeholder Lyon Freeholder Scapicchio
Director Burd Director DiGiralomo Assistant Director Vitz Director Leary Director Pinto Assistant Director Kovalcik Public Information Officer Garifo
Economic Update Mr. Boudreau thanked the Board for its support of economic development. He noted at the Chamber and the MCEDC they put first emphasis on economic development but they are cognizant of the importance of what happens at the local level with many different points of view. They act with integrity and in a professional manner with everyone. Mr. Jones gave a PowerPoint presentation. Their success stories have been Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Bayer HealthCare, Honeywell, Realogy and Activis Pharmaceuticals. They have worked with most of these companies over a period of time to achieve the success. Morris County Challenges: 46 million square feet of office space available 21% vacancy; 43% in total including shadow vacancy (space occupied now but will be vacant by the end of 2013) 80% of the office inventory built in 1980’s No rent growth for the past 30 years 10% of “tenants-in-market” looking in Morris County; 1+ million square feet of “deed-inlieu” foreclosures in 2013
FREEHOLDER CONFERENCE MEETING – APRIL 10, 2013 -3 Upcoming Events: The Office of Health Management finalized Municipal Summit: May 30th (Dr. James a Northwest Regional Containment and Hughes – keynote speaker) Isolation Plan with assistance from the Business Growth Forum: Sept. 11 (Ms. Leary Passaic, Sussex and Warren County Health is participating in the Forum) Departments. The plan details actions to be Business Outreach Meetings taken to quarantine or isolate diseased and contagious individuals during a pandemic. Mr. Boudreau noted that Pfizer is selling its property at Geralda Farms, but those divisions will FREEHOLDER SCAPICCHIO re-locate elsewhere within Morris County. For Public Works he reported the following: He feels that businesses in Morris County should get involved with the EB-5 initiative. He would The Middle Valley Road Bridge in like to come back to the Freeholder Board to Washington Township was opened on discuss the EB-5 initiative and how it works. April 3, 2013. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT Hillside Avenue and Route 10 in Administrator Bonanni complimented Mr. Garifo Roxbury Township, bids received on for arranging the student government day program April 4th, to be awarded at the next today. Freeholder meeting on April 24th. Construction to begin mid May or early Also he alerted the Board that: June. JCP&L will be conducting public hearings at Bids for the first two paving projects the Freeholders’ Public Meeting Room on April 16 the Newark Pompton Turnpike in regarding their application for a rate increase. Pequannock and James Street in Harding are being awarded today. Construction is The State has not issued a "Request for to begin in May 2013. expression of interest" related to the Kirkbride Building on the Greystone property. Eagle Rock Avenue Bridge construction work, in East Hanover is to The National Network for Social Work begin in May 2013. Management will present to Ms. Buchanan the 2013 Exemplary Award for Excellence in Social The Facilities Review Committee met and Work. covered several different topics including a recording system for the Freeholders’ The next Insurance Fund Commission meeting Public Meeting Room. It would encompass is Monday at 5 p.m. a sound system design with the possibility of adding video capabilities at a later date. The Improvement Authority will meet next Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. On April 22 the Prosecutor will preside over the Crime Victims Ceremony at noon. Prosecutor Knapp is asking the Freeholders to present a proclamation at that service. Also the Freeholder Board agreed to change the Memorial Day Ceremony from Wednesday, May 22 to Friday, May 24 at noon. COUNTY COUNSEL’S REPORT His department has reviewed 35 resolutions and there are nine ordinances for introduction for this evening. FREEHOLDER CABANA The cutover for the new radio system is now complete for the towns. This includes the Sheriff, Park Police and Prosecutor as well. Law & Public Safety is talking to all non-dispatching towns to urge them to upgrade to the County system. The 80th Basic Police Class is progressing well having completed Firearms Training. The paving schedule for the County roads was discussed. They would like to take $1 million out of the Motor Vehicle Fines Trust Fund and add that to the paving program. Mr. Hammond’s staff will travel throughout the County to determine what roads need resurfacing the most. The Freeholder Board concurred to go forward with that recommendation. They discussed the revenue they would like to see generated from the fields at Greystone. The Park Commission has a plan in place that will generate revenue to offset the cost in about 12 years. FREEHOLDER CESARO No report at this time FREEHOLDER GROSSI Planning and Development staff is assisting Denville in resolving issues with mortgage holders that are delaying five closings in the Township. County and the Township
FREEHOLDER CONFERENCE MEETING – APRIL 10, 2013 -4staff are meeting tomorrow. Freeholder Cabana Another major work area for the feels that we need to look into getting some new CIO has been regarding the legislation passed to prevent bank delays from staffing of the department, which is occurring. still in process. FEMA is hosting a conference call on Monday to address foreclosure/short sale issues with Nancy Graves of the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance. The municipal flood buyout project managers have been invited to participate. FREEHOLDER LYON Human Services - He reported that Resolution No. 21 is peer group funding through the State. The County receives these funds because it operates its own nursing home. The program is run through the Adult Protection Services to help keep seniors safely in their homes and out of institutionalization. He noted that Human Services will supply a monthly snapshot report on Morris View operations. The Morris View Volunteers Breakfast will take place on April 23 and the next Morris View family meeting will take place on May 23. FREEHOLDER KRICKUS They are in the process of setting up a committee to work on the consolidation of the Sheriff’s Office and Park Police. He distributed a statement to the Freeholder Board of his view regarding the study. Freeholder Cabana and Scapicchio are part of the committee. He will distribute his viewpoint statement to other members of the committee. Sheriff Rochford and Park Commissioner Sette are supportive of the consolidation. There will be issues to overcome. The committee will have to decide the best path to follow. He would like to have recommendations to the Freeholder Board during the summer. Freeholder Cabana noted that this will be a slow and tedious process with many issues to resolve. It has to be studied meticulously before the committee makes recommendations to the Board. The committee’s first meeting will take place next week on Friday, April 19. Assistant Administrator’s Report Assistant Administrator Buchanan provided an update on the Office of Information Technology as follows: CIO Tugman has meet with all department directors and is in the process of meeting with the Constitutionals in order to assess needs and share his strategic IT plans. A major emphasis for OIT at present has been meeting the scheduling goals for the Academy expansion and the new data center. The first IT Governance Committee meeting will take place at the end of the month.
Regarding the NJAC Nursing Home Group, Mr. Pinto will now represent the group as part of the NJ Department of Human Services’ Long Term Care Steering Committee. DEPARTMENTS HEADS’ REPORTS Mr. Kovalcik reported that the bond sale for MCIA was on April 2. They were able to achieve a net interest cost of 1.844094% with a total of $533,717.33 in net present value savings. Ms. Leary reported that the NJ 124 Corridor Transit Access Improvement Study will be completed over the next couple of months. The three municipalities that host rail stations along the corridor have been closely involved in the study. Presentations of the draft recommendations will be provided to Chatham Borough’s Council, Morris Township’s Planning Board and Madison’s Planning Board in May. She distributed a schedule of the 2013 Community Development Block Grant Program Year Funds with proposed activities by name, location and funding level. A presentation will be made at the next work session on April 24 and the Board will be asked to approve the recommendations for adoption at that time. Mr. Pinto told the Freeholder Board that the Morris View monthly snapshot report will keep us on track of where we stand throughout the year. The Youth Shelter was able to collect 5,000 diapers that will help OTA clients as well as clients of the non-profit Child and Family Resources. Local and county libraries participated in the drive. Hoarding has been in the news lately. It is difficult to determine statistics concerning hoarding. Adult Protective Services estimates that over half of their cases involve some form of hoarding behavior. Many hoarding cases are concealed which makes it difficult to determine how many cases there are in Morris County.
FREEHOLDER CONFERENCE MEETING – APRIL 10, 2013 -5Ms. Burd reported that she has been working with Respectfully submitted, FEMA to wrap up those projects related to Superstorm Sandy. Susan Allard Personnel – they are working with RHM Benefits Deputy Clerk of the Board on Obamacare to make sure they are following the guidelines. The meeting returned to open session at 7:49 p.m. Those present were Freeholders The Safety and Health Fair will take place on Mastrangelo, Cabana, Cesaro, Grossi, Friday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. The program Krickus, Lyon and Scapicchio. will include tips on healthy eating, safety, and health screenings. Ms. Buchanan has arranged for Also present were John Bonanni, County a Pocono Raceway pace car to be at the fair. Administrator; Dan O’Mullan, County Counsel; Mary Jo Buchanan, Assistant Administrator; and Randy Bush, Assistant COMMUNICATIONS: Deputy Clerk Allard read Harding Township’s County Counsel. Police Department’s notification to the Freeholder Board. Freeholder Cesaro made a motion to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. Freeholder Cabana seconded the motion. All unanimously RESOLUTIONS The Freeholder Board reviewed and discussed the agreed. resolutions. Respectfully submitted, ROAD OPENING PERMITS The Freeholder Board approved placing the road opening permits on the evening’s agenda. Diane M. Ketchum At 5:35 p.m. Mr. O’Mullan read the following: Clerk of the Board 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. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Contracts – HUD Contracts – Open Space Contracts – MCIA Personnel – PBA 151 Status Personnel – Non Bargaining Unit Staff Personnel – Prosecutor’s Office Staff Personnel - Audit Report on MC Sheriff’s Office Forensic Hiring Attorney/Client Privilege – Highview Property. Attorney/Client Privilege – BPU Admin. Hearings Ten Appointments to the Morris View Advisory Committee One Appointment to the Morris County Planning Board One Appointment to the Heritage Commission.