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BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS

MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
February 27, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Adequate notice of this meeting held the 27th 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.
PROGRAM:
Introduction of the 2013
Morris County Operating Budget

Freeholder Hank Lyon, Chair
Budget Subcommittee

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

CLERK/DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS

COUNTY COUNSEL’S REPORT

REVIEW RESOLUTIONS

FREEHOLDERS’ REPORTS
______________________________________________________________________________
CORRESPONDENCE: None
DISCUSSION: ROAD OPENING PERMITS: None
CLOSED SESSION:
Identify Topic
PERSONNEL
APPOINTMENTS
One Appointment – Park Commission
CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Improvement Authority Energy Aggregation
Improvement Authority Advertising
PURCHASE, LEASE OR ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY PENDING OR
ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
MATTERS FALLING WITHIN THE ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE
BPU Issues
Morris County Jail
*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.

3 million.9 million reduction in the open space tax and a 3/8 cent per $100/assessed property value reduction over 2012. Morris County School of Technology and the Morris County Park Commission. 5th Floor. Disabilities and Veterans Services. All were comfortable with the open space allocations. . Freeholder Lyon noted that this takes care of all of the critical services while providing a zero percent increase on the budget which gives the residents some tax relief. Mental Health Services. Their ability to achieve this has a lot to do with the State saving the County $1 million in pension and health care reforms as well as the County saving $2 million by rearranging its health care plans. Director Mastrangelo noted that this includes feedback from Planning & Development. Freeholders In Attendance: Director Mastrangelo Freeholder Cabana (arrived at 8:40 a. Morristown. The combined operating and open space tax is reduced by 1. Court Street. on February 27. Introduction of the 2013 Operating Budget Director Mastrangelo thanked all the freeholders. The next Insurance Fund Commission meeting is scheduled for March 4 at 5 p.7%. Prior to the Six-County meeting on March 6.1 million was saved in salary expense with 63 fewer positions mainly from outsourcing of Morris View housekeeping. This is the first time in the last fifteen years that the operating budget is at a zero percent tax increase level. Level funding has been allocated to the County College of Morris. 2013 in the Knox Conference Room. $1. the Park Commission and the MUA. Without everyone’s input we would not have been able to obtain a zero percent increase. The budget subcommittee is advocating a $3.The public informal work session of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Morris was called to order by Director Mastrangelo at 8:35 a. They will be pleased that the programs they care about are reflected in the budget. Freeholder Cabana joined the meeting at 8:40 a. Freeholder Lyon continued that they have been able to control taxes as well as being able to provide services that are expected by the residents. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT Mr. Administration and Records Building. Bonanni reminded the Freeholder Board that the Morris County Economic Development awards luncheon will take place this Friday. Freeholder Mastrangelo noted the highlights of the budget:     Over 500K meals will be provided to Morris County senior citizens. New Jersey.m.) Freeholder Cesaro Freeholder Grossi Freeholder Krickus Freeholder Lyon Freeholder Scapicchio 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 Director Burd Director DiGiralomo Director Hammond Director Leary Director Pinto Director Roe Public Information Officer Garifo Others Present: The meeting was open to the public and press. 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.m. Actual spending is reduced by $2. Warren County freeholders would like to meet with the Freeholder Director and the Administrator to discuss shared services. Morris View Healthcare remains home to 283 residents.m.m. Human Services programs continue – Aging. department heads and the administrator for working extremely hard collectively and collaboratively on the 2013 budget.

Buchanan.the 2013 budget -. reduction in health care costs. Continuing with Public Safety Services.  $40. He still would prefer the 1/2 cent reduction. Going forward they propose to have Planning and Development. renovations to the Central Avenue Complex. He does believe it has been the prior planning that set the stage beginning with Freeholder Druetzler creating the budget subcommittee. It is not an easy job . We will continue to maintain our AAA bond rating. the Correctional Facility. Bonanni. the Park Commission and the MUA work on preparing a document to forecast future open space needs. Office of Health Management.there are some risks going forward with uncertainties of Medicaid funding. Mr.  Retaining a chief information officer with funding provided by a vacant position in the Information Technology Department. This will affect our debt levels positively.  The key objective is to more efficiently go forward and continue to look to helping with efficiencies for the municipalities. Kovalcik at each of the meetings. Planning for 2014 we will continue to use the 0% resolution to be modified as required. Nordstrom and Feyl. It’s the employees that are the engine that run the County. Juvenile Detention/Youth Shelter (now shared services with four counties). Office of Emergency Management.  Substance Abuse Services. The Financial strength is maintained through a lower budget. He thanks Freeholders Grossi. Unfortunately in the past two years they could not use the fruits of our governor’s plans until this year. and the turf fields of Central Park.000 was provided to the Morris County Economic Development Corporation related to the promotion of businesses in Morris County. reduction in pension costs. Freeholder Scapicchio is happy to be part of this Board in adopting a zero percent increase. A lot of effort has gone into the document. A number of projects are underway –an addition to the Public Safety Training Academy. the County Hazmat Response. He thanked the department heads for all that they do as well as Freeholder Grossi as past budget chair. By moving the health care benefits plan from traditional to PPO has helped us move towards that goal. They expect the Governor will implement more tools that will continue to help maintain an aggressive budget and services. Freeholder Lyon informed the Board that the budget subcommittee will convene immediately to start talking about steps to be taken for 2014. He will always continue to “ask why” such as he did with the ½ cent open space reduction Freeholder Grossi congratulated everyone for putting together a zero percent tax increase while maintaining all the services. To conclude -. reduction in salaries/employees. It was one of his campaign promises. They will continue to restructure certain County operations to achieve efficiencies. We are not looking to expand government. this will work well for the budget. Roe and Mr. The budget subcommittee could not do this process without the input of Mr.000 was allocated to dispose of ammunition and fireworks collected by municipalities (shared service). Comments: Freeholder Cabana feels this is a credit to the Board and the County for coming up with a zero percent increase budget that does not impact services or the surplus. Additions include:  Economic Development investments for the Morris County Tourism Bureau related to the promotion of special events including the 2014 Super Bowl. the Public Safety Training Academy. Director Mastrangelo gave a special thanks to Freeholder Grossi who sat down last week and worked out open space allocations with Planning & Development. Emergency Assistance Services and Transportation Services. Sheriff’s Office. Interest arbitration – one of the areas that needs reform. Freeholder Krickus noted there is a reduction in the capital budget. Ms.  An additional $20. Freeholder Cesaro is glad we were able to accomplish this. From the beginning it was always our goal to do the zero percent. reasonable long term labor agreements and use of surplus remains unchanged. Prosecutor’s Office. This 2013 budget does recognize some of the Medicaid revenue reduction and if it does not happen. but will support the 3/8 cent reduction. This is taking place and Freeholder Krickus hopes it will continue going forward into 2014. the Park Commission and the MUA. potential increases to healthcare with the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare to increase the cost of healthcare plans across the board. 911 Emergency Communication Center (of which 23 municipalities are now using our emergency dispatching services).

and Dr. Assistant County Counsel.L. Respectfully submitted. the Open Public Meetings Act.m. . 1.m. This is what the people of Morris County deserve. County Administrator. Diane M. Freeholder Krickus is interested in having the audio tapes placed on the web. The meeting returned to open session at 9:34 a. 2. At 9:10 a. She supports the 1/2 cent reduction but will support the 3/8 cent reduction. The Board was polled to approve placing the 2013 budget as presented on the evening meeting and all were in favor. Assistant Administrator. Lyon and Scapicchio. 3. Also present were John Bonanni. if this closed session agenda is not completed this morning. 29 to change the time of the work session and regular meeting for the remainder of 2013. O’Mullan read the following: WHEREAS. 5.L. Krickus. that this Board hereby excludes the public in order to discuss such matters. All unanimously agreed. and WHEREAS. pursuant to P. 4. Cabana. Clerk of the Board Ketchum called the role. Cesaro. that this Board hereby excludes the public in order to discuss such matters. Those present were Freeholders Mastrangelo. Freeholder Lyon made a motion to adjourn at 9:35 a. NOW. the Open Public Meetings Act. Mr. and Randy Bush. This request will be put on the Transparency Group agenda. Mr. County Counsel. Susan Allard Deputy Clerk of the Board The meeting returned to open session at 7:29 p. Ketchum Clerk of the Board RESOLUTIONS The Board reviewed and discussed the resolutions. DEPARTMENT HEADS Mr.m. O’Mullan read the following: WHEREAS. Appointment – Park Commission Contracts – Improvement Authority – energy aggregation Contracts – Improvement Authority advertising contract. BE IT RESOLVED. County Counsel.m. She is very pleased that the staff will be reviewing and putting together a plan for future open space needs. Roe reported that they are proceeding with a refunding for Denville through the Improvement Authority. and WHEREAS. the Board may exclude the public to discuss matters as are provided under the Act. William Gluckman. Clerk of the Board Ketchum reported that the SixCounty Coalition will meet on March 6 and Passaic County will host.m. 1975 Ch. Attorney/Client Privilege – BPU issues Attorney/Client Privilege – Morris County Jail issue Pursuant to Resolution No.m. THEREFORE. Those present were Freeholders Mastrangelo. Cabana. said Act provides that this Board exclude the public from the discussion of such matters. Mary Jo Buchanan. said Act provides that this Board exclude the public from the discussion of such matters. Cabana. The general nature of the subjects to be discussed is as follows: 1. Mary Jo Buchanan. BE IT RESOLVED.m. the Board may exclude the public to discuss matters as are provided under the Act. Morris County Jail. January 4. 2. closed session will be reconvened at 7:00 p. NOW. Krickus. 231. Dan O’Mullan. Cesaro. Grossi. Krickus. THEREFORE. Those present were Freeholders Mastrangelo. Chief John Kowalski. Grossi. Randy Bush. County Administrator. The general nature of the subjects to be discussed is as follows: 1. 231. 1975 Ch. At 7:04 p. 2013. Lyon and Scapicchio. Cathy Burd. Lyon and Scapicchio. Freeholder Cesaro seconded the motion. Grossi. Assistant Administrator. Of note is Resolution No. Assistant County Counsel. Cesaro. Also present were John Bonanni. and reconvene at 7:00 p. Director of Employee Resources. Appointment – Park Commission Attorney/Client Privilege – County Jail issue Respectfully submitted. At 7:05 p.working on the budget subcommittee. Dan O’Mullan.m. the informal work session was called to order by Director Mastrangelo. pursuant to P.

Assistant County Counsel. Freeholder Cabana made a motion to adjourn at 7:30 p. Diane M. County Counsel. Ketchum Clerk of the Board - . and Randy Bush. All unanimously agreed.Also present were John Bonanni. County Administrator. Mary Jo Buchanan.m. Dan O’Mullan. Assistant Administrator. Freeholder Lyon seconded the motion. Respectfully submitted.