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BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS


MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
June 10, 2015
ANNOUNCEMENT: Adequate notice of this meeting held the 10th day of June has been provided
through resolution adopted by this Board at its Stated Annual Meeting held at the Administration and
Records Building on January 2, 2015 and by electronic mailing 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 DeFillippo
Deputy Director Cesaro
Freeholder Cabana
Freeholder Krickus
Freeholder Lyon
Freeholder Mastrangelo
Freeholder Scapicchio

SALUTE TO THE FLAG


4:00 p.m.
CLOSED SESSION:
Identify Topic
PERSONNEL
Non-Bargaining Unit Staff
LABOR NEGOTIATIONS
Status of Proposed PBA 298 Corrections Officers Contract
Status of Proposed PBA 151 Sheriffs Officers Contract
APPOINTMENTS
New County Counsel
One Morris County Board of Transportation
CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Managed Medicaid Contracts/Morris View Healthcare Facility
PURCHASE, LEASE OR ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY - None
PENDING OR ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
MATTERS FALLING WITHIN THE ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE - None
5:30 p.m.
OPEN SESSION:
PRESENTATIONS:
NORWESCAP
Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Community
Accepted by:
Marty Miller, NORWESCAP Board Member
Parents Who Host Lose the Most
Accepting:
Vince Fiorito, Municipal Alliance Committee of the Chathams
Joe Plescia, Parsippany-Troy Hills Alliance
Robin Ghebreal, Wharton Municipal Alliance
Barbara Kauffman from Morris County Prevention is Key
Steve Nebesni, Municipal Alliance Coordinator
PROGRAM:
2014 County Audit

Raymond Sarinelli, Registered Municipal


Accountant, Nisivoccia & Company

ADMINISTRATORS REPORT

CLERK OF THE BOARDS REPORT

COUNTY COUNSELS REPORT

DEPARTMENT HEADS REPORTS

FREEHOLDERS REPORTS

REVIEW RESOLUTIONS

CORRESPONDENCE: None
DISCUSSION:

15-10 -

The Township of Jefferson to open Berkshire Valley Road to install a DIP Force Main.
(not a newly paved road paved 6/2005)

*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 DeFillippo at 4:10 p.m. on June 10, 2015 at the Knox Conference Room,
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.
The Board of Chosen Freeholders went into executive session at 4:12 p.m. and resumed open session at
5:30 p.m. with the following in attendance:
Freeholders In Attendance:
Director DeFillippo
Freeholder Cabana
Freeholder Cesaro

Freeholder Lyon
Freeholder Mastrangelo
Freeholder Scapicchio

Freeholders Absent:
Freeholder Krickus
Staff Present
County Administrator Bonanni
Assistant Administrator Burd
Clerk of the Board Ketchum
Deputy Clerk of the Board Allard
County Counsel Daniel OMullan
Assistant County Counsel Bush

Director Carpinteri
Director DiGiralomo
Director Kovalcik
Director Leary
Director Santucci
CIO Tugman
Communications & Social Media Mgr. Ragonese

Others Present:
The meeting was open to the public and press
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The meeting began in open session at 4:10 p.m.
1. As it pertains to contracts and
Those present were Director DeFillippo,
appointments, to discuss the
Freeholders Cesaro, Cabana, Lyon and
appointment of a new County Counsel
Scapicchio.
effective July 1, 2015 pursuant to
N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b)(7) and (8);
Also present were John Bonanni, County
Administrator, Cathy Burd, Assistant
2. As it pertains to an appointment to the
Administrator, Daniel OMullan, County
Morris County Board of Transportation
Counsel, Randy Bush, Assistant County Counsel,
pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b)(8);
Jenn Carpinteri, Human Services Director;
Alison Stapleton, Labor Relations Manager.
3. As it pertains to labor negotiations and
contracts to discuss the status of the
Counsel OMullan read the closed session
proposed labor contract with PBA 151
resolution:
pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4:12(b)(4)(7)
and (8);
WHEREAS, pursuant to the Open Public
Meetings Act, the Board of Chosen Freeholders
4. As it pertains to labor negotiations and
of the County of Morris in the State of New
contracts to discuss the status of the
Jersey may exclude the public to discuss matters
proposed labor contract with PBA 298
as are provided under the Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4:12(b)(4)(7)
12(b)).
and (8);
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that
this Board hereby excludes the public in order to
discuss six (6) such matters:

5.

As it pertains to contracts to discuss


managed Medicaid provisions as it
applies to Morris View Health Care

6.

Center pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b)(7);


and

staff. When everyone agrees with the


findings it is distributed.

As it pertains to personnel to discuss nonbargaining unit employee compensation


pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b)(7).

Highlights
Current Funds
Cash balances are up $4.6 million
(new high). Last three years cash
balance has increased by $18.5
million. Total fund balance is $60.2
million
Discussed dynamics of the fund
balance and why the fund balance
goes up and down. It was stable for
about ten years, fluctuating slightly at
$45 million. In the last few years it is
up to $60 million. This will start to
decline. He would like to see a little
decline and have it stabilize again for
another ten years.
Some dynamics going into the fund
balance generation are unanticipated
revenue in 2014 (may not be
recurring again)
Rating agencies look for a minimum
of 5 10% of budget held in reserve
that is $16 to $32 million of
uncommitted funds. From the rating
agencies standpoint, the County is
very strong.
Open Space Trust Fund. The Open
Space balance ended the year at $71.5
million - about a $35 million decline
over the last three years. There are
commitments against those funds.
Cash has declined as property taxes
have been reduced.
The County has an accumulated
absence account reserve of $2.8
million (excellent planning) that is 25
to 30% of the total liability that will
have to be paid out for the current
employees on their accumulated sick
and vacation time. That reserve has
kept the County out of having to bond
those expenses like many local
governments have needed to do. A
snow removal reserve (storm related
expenses) is $2.7 million.

The Board reserves the right, as the Board


exchanges ideas related to the above matters and
attempts to develop appropriate plans of actions
as it may be suggested by individual Freeholders
or staff members, to broaden discussion and to
attempt to arrive nonbinding consensus provided
such broadening of discussion continues within
the limits set forth in N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b)(1)
through (9). Matters discussed in Executive
Session will be made public at the earliest point
in time that the need for confidentiality for each
such matter shall no longer be necessary.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this
Resolution shall take effect immediately and be
in full force from and after its passage.
At 4:12 p.m. the meeting went into closed
session and returned to open session at 5:35 p.m.
NORWESCAP
Director DeFillippo asked Marty Miller to come
forward to receive the proclamation. She stated
that this organization is dedicated to the welfare
of the needy residents of Morris County and
neighboring counties. It supports low income
households as they develop family and
community relationships to sustain self-reliance.
Norwescap has been working to help our
residents since the days of President Lyndon
Johnson as part of the nations war on poverty.
This organization operates fifteen major
programs. It helps 35,000 individuals in four of
the surrounding counties. Mr. Miller thanked the
Freeholder Board for supporting Norwescap.
Parents Who Host
Director DeFillippo presented the resolution to
Ms. Ghebreal, Mr. Plescia, Mr. Fiorito and
Mr. Nebesni. Parents who allow alcoholic
beverages at underage youth parties are risking
the wellbeing of the teenagers as well as setting
themselves up for possible arrest and/or
community service. Mr. Nebesni noted that this
campaign runs in May and June to coincide with
the graduation and prom season. The campaign
encourages not to host underage parties where
alcohol is served. The County could not do this
without the alliance coordinators.
Ray Sarinelli 2014 County Audit
Mr. Sarinelli reviewed the audit process. The
process is long, starting the end of January in
which they exchange information and then in the
beginning of March their team of eight auditors
work in the Treasurers Office through the end of
March reviewing the records. They prepare the
draft document and it is reviewed by County

Capital Fund the cash balance is


down by $10.4 million this past year
primarily because more projects are
being completed than capital projects
are being authorized. Seven years
ago the County implemented a policy
of not to authorize more new debt
than pay down.

Debt guaranteed through the MCIA is


down from $195,000 in 2012,
$187,000 in 2013 to $177,000 in
2014. He discussed the renewable
energy debt. This liability exposure
has been discussed significantly with

the rating agencies and the County is still


able to maintain its rating.

Other post retirements increased last


year to $896 million. Still a large
number. They have discussed extensively
how to reduce that future liability.
Progress has been made to try to reduce
that for the future.

They have been talking with the budget


subcommittee of the possibility of
removing the reporting level from the
departments to the financial office where
all the accountants are. This will
continue to be discussed.

ADMINISTRATORS REPORT
At the Improvement Authority meeting
earlier this afternoon he reported that the
following SRECs were sold:
Solar I - 2,421 at $547,700, $225/SREC
Solar II 1,500 at $348,500.
Mr. Bonanni attended the Lake Hopatcong
meeting. The DEP is looking for additional
assistance. Their goal is to get the towns and
County to participate more to help clean up
the lake.
Over the past 1 weeks he has been
providing information to the media to
balance information coming from the
Sheriffs Office on jail staffing and overtime.
The media was told that the spike in overtime
was a direct result of the mass departure
experienced through non-competitive
salaries. Mr. Bonanni noted typically over
the past seven years there have been six
resignations per year. The Sheriff reported
during 2013 2014 that 39 individuals left
the facility. Mr. Bonanni said that factually
16 individuals resigned, 13 retired, 7 resigned
in lieu of termination, 2 accepted transfers to
the Sheriffs Office and one tragically passed
away. With those departures the facility
needed to run on additional overtime. The
new changes in Chapter 78 implementation
also increased departures for retirement.
COUNTY COUNSELS REPORT
His department reviewed fifty-two
resolutions. There are fifteen ordinances for
introduction scheduled for tonights meeting
and the public hearings will take place in two
weeks.
FREEHOLDER LYON
He had no report at this time.
FREEHOLDER MASTRANGELO
Freeholder Mastrangelo had the following to
report on Office of Information Technology:

Virtual Desktop Proof of Concept: OIT


in conjunction with a corporate team
consisting of VMWare, EMC and CDI is
running a Virtual Desktop test to evaluate
the potential merits of this technology.
OIT is evaluating the physical
infrastructure and software application
hosting aspects of this technology to
include Thin and Zero client desktop
configurations. In addition to the basic
desktop tools; testing includes the ability
to support the Countys Purchasing
(MSI), Payroll (Kronos) and key OTA
applications (NJKids, and DIMS).
FREEHOLDER CESARO
Freeholder Cesaro reported on the
following:
The last night of presentations by
applicants for the 2015 Historic
Preservation funds is tonight. Once
presentations are complete, the
Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Review Board will deliberate and
present recommendations to the
Board of Chosen Freeholders on
June 24th.
Applications to the 2015 Morris
County Open Space Program are due
on June 19th.
Relative to Mosquito Control,
Resolution #18 will allow for the
execution of an annual use agreement
for utilization of state-owned
equipment.
FREEHOLDER SCAPICCHIO
Freeholder Scapicchio reported on the
following:

Staff completed review of


proposals for the design of the
realignment of Schooleys Mountain
Road at Camp Washington Road.
The scope includes the design of two
bridges. Passage of Resolution #33
will allow for award of the contract
and design is expected to be
completed within a year.

Work to replace the Main


Street Bridge in Mendham
Township will begin on July 6th.

Roadway resurfacing is
well underway. Staff is hosting preconstruction meetings with the
contractors and impacted
municipalities regularly.
FREEHOLDER CABANA
He reported on Law and Public Safety:
The Madison Police Department
joined the County Police Record
Management System as of June 2nd.
The EOC has been designated as an
official training location by the
National Association of Emergency

Medical Technicians. We are now


authorized to host NAEMT courses at the
complex.
The Communications Center participated
in developing an emergency response
plan for an 11 year old in Chatham
Borough who was on a transplant list. On
May 27th a call was received at the center
to activate the plan. The boy had to be in
Philadelphia within a 2 hour window.
The plan was to utilize the NJ State
Police Helicopter but due to weather
conditions the helicopter was
unavailable. The Comm. Center staff
improvised and coordinated with several
agencies to arrange an escort of an
ambulance to Philly. The child made it
within the two hour window and
underwent the transplant.

There are many untold events that our


Communications staff take care of in the
course of their job. This one is particularly
gratifying and this is worth recognition.
He attended the Giralda Farms Park opening
ceremony. This was the biggest parcel of
land that the County has been involved in
purchasing. Many partnerships contributed
to supporting the purchase including the
County, Park Commission and MUA. Dave
Helmer did a particularly good job at this
event in telling the history of this piece of
property.
Freeholder Mastrangelo attended the
ceremony and he noted after seeing this
parcel of land how much he appreciates open
space and what it means to the County and its
residents.
FREEHOLDER DeFILLIPPO
She reviewed her recent activity in attending/
participating in the following events:
Energy Consultant Evaluation Committee,
the DEP meeting at Lake Hopatcong, Budget
Presentation, Employee Service Awards,
Giralda Farms (the enthusiasm of the people
attending was remarkable).
She had a telephone conference call
regarding the Highlands Act. The conference
call was initiated by Warren County
Freeholder Ed Smith to set up a meeting with
Senator Smith from Piscataway. Senator
Smith was one of the sponsors of the
Highlands Act. Warren County is looking to
get out of the Highlands Act. They contend
that water supply flows directly into the
Delaware River and is not used for
consumption by NJ residents.
Morris County and other counties have issues
with the Act, such as property owners have
not been reimbursed in the Highlands

Preservation Area for their devalued


property. There is no funding mechanism
in place. They discussed several
examples of property values plummeting
since the Act was legislated. This is an
economic hardship for those counties the
way the act is written. These items will
be brought to the table at todays
meeting.
Ms. Leary noted that she just received an
email from John Donnadio of NJAC who
summarized the meeting. It seems that
the most viable issue to pursue is to try to
get the highway/roadway corridors that
were wrongly placed in the preservation
area out of that area so economic
development can occur along those
corridors. It did not seem that they could
get much leverage with the other items.
The next step would be to meet with the
environmental groups that are advocates
of the Highlands Act.
Director DeFillippo attended the Mental
Health 21st annual Public Forum for
Consumers and Families. This was very
well attended.
Heritage Commission It was reported at
the meeting that some actions are coming
out of Trenton that could affect the
Morris County programs. She will find
out more information on this.
Director DeFillippo reviewed two
resolutions that were up for
consideration: The first one, to request
additional funding in the States 2016
budget to bring the County paratransit
transportation funding back to 2012
levels; and the second, to endorse Senate
Bill No. 192 that reauthorizes the Older
Americans Act of 2015. The Board
approved placing these resolutions on
tonights meeting agenda.
Clerks Report
The next Freeholder meetings (June 24)
will take place in Chatham Township.
She will email the Board with the
additional away meetings schedule for the
remainder of the year.
DEPARTMENT HEADS REPORTS
There were no reports.
RESOLUTIONS
There was discussion by the Board about
Resolution No. 39, which endorses the
recommendations of the Morris County
Improvement Authority Energy Project
and Construction Management
Consulting Services RFP Committee.
Mr. Bonanni discussed the findings of the
evaluations committee and the upcoming

process that will be taken regarding the


Improvement Authority and Solar II. The
evaluation committee consisted of
Freeholders Mastrangelo, Lyon and Director
DeFillippo. Some members of the Board felt
that the RFP should be restructured to get a
more competitive bid. The Board decided to
keep Resolution No. 39 on the agenda and
the deciding vote can be taken at the evening
meeting.
ROAD OPENING PERMIT
The Board reviewed the permit and
approved placing the permit on the
evenings agenda.
On motion by Freeholder
Mastrangelo and seconded by
Freeholder Lyon, the meeting
adjourned at 6:50 p.m.
Sincerely,

Susan Allard
Deputy Clerk of the Board

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