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Mayor Sisler's Township August 27, 2014 Meeting Recap

Saturday, August 30, 2014 • 2:00am

Neighbor,

In a continuing effort to better inform the residents of Morris Township about your Government, please read the recap of Wednesday night’s Township Committee meeting.  Kindly forward to your friends and neighbors and encourage them to sign up for the Municipal Messenger.  Sign up by providing your email address to messenger@morristwp.com.  The messenger is an invaluable tool to receive updates and information

THE AUGUST 27, 2014 MORRIS TOWNSHIP MEETING WRAP-UP

The Morris Township Committee convened for their eighth business meeting of 2014 at 5:00 PM for closed session and reconvened for public session at 7:00 PM.

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION

The following ordinances were introduced and will be heard for final passage on September 17, 2014
at 7:00 PM.

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ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MORRIS, IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS, NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING A SPECIAL EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $800,000 FOR A PROGRAM OF REVALUATION OF REAL PROPERTY IN, BY AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP
·         $800,000 will be deemed for the revaluation of real property in Morris Township as mandated by the Morris County Tax board for 2016.

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ORDINANCE AMENDING CERTAIN BOND ORDINANCES AND REAPPROPRIATING PROCEEDS OF OBLIGATIONS NOT NEEDED FOR THEIR ORIGINAL PURPOSES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FOR VARIOUS OTHER PURPOSES REFERRED TO HEREIN IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MORRIS (GENERAL)
·         Determined which general capital improvements have been completed and to cancel or re-appropriate unspent appropriated funds.

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ORDINANCE AMENDING CERTAIN BOND ORDINANCES AND REAPPROPRIATING PROCEEDS OF OBLIGATIONS NOT NEEDED FOR THEIR ORIGINAL PURPOSES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FOR VARIOUS OTHER PURPOSES REFERRED TO HEREIN IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MORRIS (SEWER)
·         Determined which general capital improvements have been completed and to cancel unspent appropriated funds.


ORDINANCES - PUBLIC HEARING AND FINAL CONSIDERATION   

The following ordiance was carried to the September 17, 2014 Township Committee meeting.

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AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 71 “SEWER AND SEWAGE” ARTICLE II “CONNECTION FEES AND SERVICE CHARGES” SECTION 14 “SEWER SERVICE CHARGES” SUBSECTION A

·         The ordinance establishes a sewer fee for non-Township users connected without a formal agreement
The following ordiances were adopted:



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ACCEPTING DEED OF DEDICATION; LANDS AND PREMISES KNOWN AS BLOCK 3202, LOT 6

·         This property on Whitehead Road was recently sub-divided for the purpose of donating land for Open Space.

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ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 3(i) OF BOND ORDINANCE NO. 08-13 FINALLY ADOPTED MAY 15, 2013 IN ORDER TO REVISE THE DESCRIPTION OF THE IMPROVEMENT THEREIN IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MORRIS

·         This ordinance for road improvement funding is being amended to include the repaving of Kitchell Road.

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ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING $500,000 AVAILABLE IN THE SEWER UTILITY CAPITAL FUND BALANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE SAND FILTER SYSTEM AT THE BUTTERWORTH SEWER PLANT IN AND BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MORRIS

·         This ordinance is for the available funds in the Sewer Utility Capital Fund to be used to provide Butterworth Sewer Plant with a replacement sand filter system.






Click the links provided to view the full list or visit the Agenda Center on our website.


RESOLUTIONS

The Morris Township Committee took action on 20 Resolutions which can be found in our Agenda Center; be sure to click August 27,2014.   These types of resolutions are formal approval by Township Committee for the appointment of professional services, awarding of contracts to minor personnel matters.

Resolutions of note:
·         The Township prepared a spending plan for the Municipal Affortable Housing consistent with N.J.A.C. 5:97-8.10 and P.L. 2008, c.46 that needs to be reviewed and approved by COAH.
·         The Chief Financial Officer will participate in the Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC) to determine if it’s necessary and advisable.
·         Resolution recognizing and appreciating Doctor Thomas Ficarra for his years of faithful service as Morris School Districts Superintendent of Schools.
·         Authorizing a contract for various playground equipment
·         Resolution authorizing change money orders for two contracts. The new roof installation at the Police Department and Fairchild Firehouse and Butterworth and Woodland STP miscellaneous replacements.
·         Authorizing contracts for not only the disposal of recycled materials but for professional accounting services.
·         General Improvement bonds for capital projects 2010 through 2014. Sewer utility bonds, pool utility bonds, and parking utility bonds will be split into four individual issues of bonds (General Improvement Bonds, Sewer Utility Bonds, Pool Utility Bonds and Parking Utility Bonds) totaling $22,286,000 in principal amount.
·         The County of Morris and certain municipalities therein established a cooperative means of conducting certain community development and home activities.




CONSENT CALENDAR

On the Consent Calendar, the Township committee took several actions which can be found in our Agenda Center. These include:

Approval for the P.G. Chambers School to hold their third annual Walk, Run, Fun 5K fund raiser to be held on June 6, 2015
Authorization for Olde Wheatsheaf Farms Homeowners Association to hold their annual block party on Saturday, September 27, 2014
Approval for Turtle Road, Arbor Way and Johnston Drive to hold a block party on Sunday, September 7, 2014
Approval for a Fire Internship Program application and approval for a Junior Firefighter.
Authorization for Superhero Events, LLC to hold their “Super Santa 5K” on Saturday, December 20, 2014.
Granted consent to St. Mark Lutheran Church to hold their annual Fall Festival at Harter Road on October 5, 2014
Acknowledges the 5K Walk (Power Walk) fundraiser for Dress for Success Morris County on September 28, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the College of St. Elizabeth Campus
Granted approval to the Jersey United Soccer Organization for the installation of temporary lighting at the Morristown Beard School softball field, Whippany Road Temporary lighting will be used from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, from September 1st through December 19, 2014. The condition of approval is to notify the residents in the area who may be affected by the temporary lighting.
Accepts with regret the resignation of a Patrolman. The Mayor and Township Committee wishes the Officer great success in his future endeavors.


COMMENTARY BY TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE

In Recognition and of Congratulation Delbarton School – 75th Anniversary (2014) and Declaring Monday, September 8, 2014 “Delbarton Day” in the Township of Morris


CLAIMS FOR PAYMENT
The Committee also voted to pay $11,010,492.01 for the bills for the month of August. This includes a $5,551,795 transfer to the Morris School District, approximately $1,590,417 in salaries and the remaining $3,868,280 in operating and capital project expenses for the Township.  

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