Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reporter's Notebook October 6, 2010

Councilmember James Bruno: It’s the Beginning of the End of Public Works
Asbury Park City Council Meeting October 6, 2010

Welcome to Asbury Radio’s Reporter’s Notebook, the words of this council meeting as fast as I could get them into this laptop.

Corrections, additions, clarifications encouraged and appreciated.

In attendance:

Susan Henderson, John Loffredo, Ed Johnson, Kevin Sanders, James Bruno – all present

Kiki Tomek for absent City Clerk, Steve Kay

Workshop – Begins 6:20 pm

Combining Public Works and Engineering depts..

By ordinance
Infrastructure on one side, Sewer on the other, and engineering on its own.

City Manager Terry Reidy did this in Morristown and worked very well, he says.
City to transfer respon for issuing merchantile licenses to code enforcement – city atty, Fred Raffetto, informs council that move can't be done as reorganization - moving merc to code - has to follow a process whereby the city clerk orders the change to his or her designee, in this case code enforcement. So this w/ hav to be redone.

Don Sammet – planner/redev director/ planning bd sub committee to lk at applications to make things smoother than full bd initial app’l. Resolution to be introduced.

SH: applicant brings in professional

DS – yes, qualified professional/ PB setting up sound engineer // escrow amount

Assist. City Mgr: James Famularo – scattered sites dev. Spkg to council as hands out lit/ 16 properties need to be removed…9 properties not avail for rehab/ third item??

Mayor – these are all abandoned prop?

JF – abandoned, eyesores, [Not clear what just took plc here.]

317 6th av req for pkg space – recommended to council…

TR – eleonor karmachian requested handicap spot

JL – But they have a pkg lot?

JB – 3 spots, there’s room

TR – why don’t we tk a lk and bring it bk to gov body

JB – why not approve it and if alrdy a spot on prop then remove it

There’s 2 handicapped people in that bldg

TR – pop expanded after site plan app’l

JL – ok lets giv them the space/ how many do we giv anyway?

City Engineer Brian Grant – 25 or less u get 1

JL – what if person moves out?

TR – when fnd no longer needed we hv taken back.

Spec Event Applications

Tom Gilmour – proclamation for person helping w/ musical heritage

Flea mkt, city hall lot 10/16 – Monmouth Cty Bd of Health, Sunset Pk, 10/23

Triumphant life church, harvest fest, Langford st, 10/31, Brickwall, outdr Fest Kennedy Pk, 11/7 – Rotary Club of AP, Polar Plunge, 1/29/11, Jersey Shore Running club, bdwk, 4/16/11, Jennifer Mazza, Wedding, 6th Av, 6/30/11

Cotillian – requesting dates/

Matters from CtyCouncil

JL – Columbus w/ be landing Sunday at 1 pm

EJ – recogn October as breast cancer month/ council wearing pink to raise awareness. EJ affected his step mother and friends/

One item from closed session – action on resolution app amendment to redev agreement, Cookman LLC concerning the 500 blk of Cookman

Public comment –

Tee Lesinski – proper tremtm of storm drains during construction/ nobody doing anything about it and I’m upset.

Traps s/be set at inlets to be sure constr mat’l doesn’t reach the lakes, [see guidelines available from Lesinski.] None of this is being done. DOT regs outline also. Environmental Justice policies apply as well. Been here 26 yrs, horrible, I’m embarrassed [Applause]

Adrienne Sanders – for AP / Neptune NAACP –street implementation – conditions - absolutely unacceptable, numerous complaints owners and residents on west side/ WestSideCCenter, no concern re community or businesses //city official to eddie’s barber shop on Lake Ave, needed police report for insurance co – w/ give name to city mgr, cd be perceived as a threat, code enforcement be sent to your bizness/ I perceive as threat, I’m not going to take none of that lightly. Totally unacceptable that that is going on on west side of town

Rev Bradley, Alliance of Ministers – we’re more than concerned, aggravated, grid lock, parishoners don’t have access to churches, no direction over there/ dust, shutting off of water w/out notice of residents or businesses, it’s mismanagement, now you’ve awakened some churches oer there that had been silent/ not sleeping now because aggravated. U owe us explantation why not let res and businesses know what’s goin on. When threaten biz owner bring down code enforment because bring concerns to you about something aggravated the residents. Down DeWitt ave construction pipes stacked, no regard safety of children or how they get to school. Senior citizens, no regard, mismanagmetn, no concern for citizens of west side. We’re not here to service you…

Kevin Jones, resident West Side – Agrees it’s a shame. Wasn’t no one selected except one or two on west side, first supposed to be a union job, now a community j0b, now don’t see more than 1 or 2/ doing street half way, streets not leveled out/ contractors not qualified to do the work…

Anna Neil – resident springwood ave, student, shame to be a resident, live near 611 store, raccoons etc, nesting in pipes, workers of Lucas unprofessional drinking alcohol while operating heavy machinery/ hey baby show me your tits to 11 and 12 yr old school girls/ notice for water shutoff today less than 5 mins. , if no emergency/ by law 24 hr notice/ debris from workers, knives, glass, conditions unsafe/ water co defers to city/ seems no one in charg of this project/ common sense says shd’ve been done by sections instead of direct through to Rt 35/ w/ this take a class action lawsuit?

Valerie Roberts-- co owner of Eddie’s Barber shop – my biz not informed about when construction was due to start/ contaminated dirt, piping on side of avenue, customers no entrance access, handicapped can’t enter, water’s been cut off, Saturday businest day, then constr showed up. Survived riots but don’t know if can survive this…garbage men cden’t even get down borden and dewitt to pk up garbage. Need something be done allow me to stay on WSide.

Doris Kelly – West Side – 25 big pipes in front of hse, I hv to go to dialysis at 5 am, ease ar’d if not something come ar’d and hit your head off, mice are here/ Kids going to get hurt on them/ can’t find no place else to put em? I do not feel safe anymore. Trucks come and you’re choking. Can’t get across street w/ walker, due to rocks/ rains puddle up to dr. Need do something and do it qk. This getting ridiculous.

Johnny Simonik – alleyways between 4th and 5th ave, dilemma since may, roofing mat’ls dumped since last may/ collecting leaves/ supv said know they’re there, alleyway is his job to surveil…told that’s going to cost taxpayer dollars, not a recyclable item/ alley ways treated like stepsisters. In order to get leaves picked up in alleyways hv to find the right dept to report.

JL: which part of alleyway?

Between Comstock and…

Myra Campbell: I go thru WS on wkly basis, detour signs there and young men directing traffic, so I’ll give you just due for that.

I take add’l pictures each wk go out/ 28 drums in front of Ms Kelly’s door step…large drums, needed corrective actions/ schedule and names of streets to be completed…Avenue A is on list 7 times, but last layer of asphalt w/ not be completed until next yr/ grades…manhole covers two inches above the grade, police consider giving tikst when u swerve to avoid. Address health concerns, centralized staging areas, eliminate stone grinding in residential areas, drain gravel going into/ thank you mayor Johnson, last yr called city bez of snow removal, was told ice w/ break the blades/ what w/ happen this yr when blades hit unfinished roadbeds.

Lack of accountability, poor coord w/ untilitys. Fact finding homewk, if city officials not accountable hold them accountable. Personally witnessed hvy equi’t on dewitt taking up the road surface/ proposed completion dates for all streets. Applause

Todd Bergman – still live on 4th avenue speedway. Don’t know why hv no speedbumps/ Stretch of Dunlewy not done last time/ pavment real bad shape, storm drain bad sape end of street, grabs tie as pull into driveway…Market Mission prying its way back into AP, for them to come in here and put 28 homeless people out during day, no plc to go in cold, no sanitation facilities, they’ll stay here after 10 days are up/ are you involved in fighting decision or up to zoning bd

Appelate crt remanded to zoning bd not the city/ legally, tech, zoning bd has responsibility to set up operating guidelines

TB: wd that include activieities during day

TR – yes.

TB: unlicensed and wanting to run drug rehab program, don’t see they plan to do, but if so mst be licensed by state/ concern mst hv is 20 odd people roaming ar’d ap…

Henry Vaccaro – ocean but office on Mattison Av, seeing probs hvg w/ infrastructure wk think I can help/ free of chrg to be liaison between city and community on concernsw/ contractor, they’re reputable firm, done biz with in past, wd like to offer my svcs, giv something back to community.

Julie…13 Eliz Av, at Mattison

Truck arr’d at location and unloaded pipes that ran across street, so school buses cdn’t get by / she had to call city, city rep did come down, fnd contractors were out of line shdn’t hv been unloading there/ tk pipes and stacked them at deadend prt of street/ large pop of little children climbing up on them/ pipes not secured enuf for kids to climb/ pls sometone come down and view the situation, mk sure pipes won’t be in the st. so we can drive our cars up and down, church at heck and atkins blocked, too. Took papers to be signed asking for as much, she brought them to council
12 15 sprngwood av, feel like I hv to call 1 800 law, suffer bronchitis, dust from roadbed, tired of going to hosp every night for trtments. All strs ar’d me can’t get in/ grandchiclen w/ asthma. Nobody’s doing their job. Why other side of Asbury done so fast and easy…why we hav to be here tonight to tell u this…kids out of her bldg playing on the pipes.

Dwayne Smalls – contractor, AP, when we start characterizing as “these people” watch yourself. Asbury doesn’t just belong to Stand Up Asbury, watch when you characterize people/ Lucas totally disrespecting our communities – our children and our elderly/ project needs to be shut down until they comply…how many of us getting some of that $15mn? How are we gonna survive? Taking the money out of here to Lacey Twp… if them sewer pipes not moved to’w hv to sue this city (applause) never seen a pile of dirt across from people like it is now, like Afghanistan, not in front of your houses…

Rita Marano – 8th av – I noticed they knocked a big apt house down on 8th av, nothing wrong with it. we’ll lose $68,000 in ratables / tax rate w/ be 522? More next yr if they keep kno9cking down all these propeties, putting up pkg lots that wasn’t in their contract, how many ratables we going to lose? We lost (missed $ am’t) last yr… 29c increase is a big increase/ journalism is dead in AP – applause – Baronet knocked down/ knock down Sewal Av now, we’ve got to get the taxes on those buildings, s/ be told hv to still pay taxes on them. Expenditures to recreation dept, don’t think they realize no money… no one in city hall today/ cd

EJ – we cd spend rest of evening in a defensive mode answering back, but what I’d like to do is get together and fig out what actions take place tonight and t’w morning. We need to be on the street, I hv 3 pgs of notes on what said tonight. Do right thing by answering and remedying all of those things.

TR – Ms. Sanders you’re going to giv me name of person who threatened code enforce…I want that. If anyone witnesses that, totally unacceptable. Garbage not picked up, no one has to wait, get me the address,no one needs to wait… need to get out in the community and take care of all these issues. Someone threatened in my city by someone wh is a city employee, witness that pls call me immediately…

Intention of this project is to support the west side, hearing what you’re saying onight we really need to address these issues.

End of public portion –

Appv minutes 9/7/10 mtg – Henderson abstained, all others yes

$1, 512,600.50 app’d expenditures – bill resol $3million plus, appr’vd

Workwer comp 9/9 to 9/15 $46,400. $38k and $58k for two subsequent periods

Pocket license appr’d –

Raffle Mt. Carmel PTA, yes

SICA Raffle license – all y

Brick Wall – all yes

Catering permit – Carousel – all yes

7 spec events – all yes

No Appts

Resolution – MoU w/ bd of ed and APPD – 2 f/T officers for schools

Emergency approp’s, arb awards above 2010 budget - $384,635. on top of those passed by resolution:

Urban removal LLC – Sackman enterprises –

CBD redv plan – directing PBd take actions/

Ordinances for introduction - $347, 635, resulting from retirement of city employees. Publ hearing October 10th??

Deleting various depts. Of city, changing structure of public wks & engineering dept. JB personal opinion is beginning of the end to pub wks dept as we know it/ jst see this as the beginning of the end/ w/ be saying more at public hrg.

TR – think everyone needs to undderstandway gov’t is funded today/ rita’s pt about the tax rate, etc./ this is the beginning of the end of the way biz is conducted in gov’t, the model of go’t hv to day is not sustainable, can’t run 12/13Mn deficit every yr and expect state to bail us out /need to do bisness smarter, so reductions won’t cost citizens/ initially w/ save 1/4mn dollars/ that’s not the primary purpose though, reorganizaing allows us to do biz, contacts consultants and contractors wd do we can do inhse/ comparison contract wanted a million, we did inhse for $100k. Terms of svcs we supply… not jst so we can elim 7 positions or things like that…plan to meet w/ empoyees bef end of yr to rethink everyitng we do. Wd be disingenuous of me to say things w/ be the same in pw. Offer add’l trng for our employees/

SH – Change is a scary thing…no one likes change/ I know asked terry when came on bd, why isn’t this one doing this.. some times it was because persons weren’t trained on certain jobs

JB – w/ we hv money for summer wkrs next yr?

TR – I don’t know/ happening in every dept in the city/ police / fire / PWks/ when we do this merge, emp w/ be given opp to suggest changes/ lot wnt to know if w/ get training/ my philos is not bumping people off, it’s to save as much as possible.

Merge all yes except Bruno, no.

Alcohol sale hours / now up to 2 am/ can stay until 2:30 to finish drink/ prev. not allowed on Sun AM. [???? not sure what was prev and what is new]

Easement – springwood pk and recreation area/ Ord is part of deve plan / lots are to become a pk, city applied to cty for grant funds for pk/ so the city needs easement, to ensure prop w/ be used as pk forever/ in perpetuity.

Ed Young – why is area being made into park. Is that the best use?
TR – summarizes the two yr process for the West Side redevelopment plan.

EY – Thank you, I didn’t realize it was a two yr process.

? Shabazz - Is there space for parks? Atkins and Union doesn’t seem adequate for a prk.

TR: is there a min. area? No, when dev a plan can design w/ space u hv avail. Feedbak from comm. Was this area determined to be a decent size? Yes.

Plan has been adopted, to change it, planning board hv to review it, public hrgs, gov body wd hv to amend the plan.

DS – spngwd and atkins, prior was dry cleaning facility so possibility of contamination on the site. On other corner, Brilliant Lewis is going to investigate and give report on condisiton/ Applying max grant $250k to actually bld out the site. Tough to give timelines.

Resident ques: City has title?

DS – yes, city has been deeded all prop. We own it.

To change use of green acres land, yu hv to have 4 to 1 acres to replc it.


Move to adopt ordinance/ Henderson y, sanders no, Johnson and loffredo ye.

Madison Asbury retial city vacate Wesley grove phase 2 /

Marano – what street

St james bet cookman and, sewell too.

DS: Not paying for them because current agreement does not allow for it/

Jim Henry – what is city getting in return for those streets

DS: City w/ get taxes on the land

FR: and it was stipulated in the WRA.

All yes on vacate ordinance.

Bond ordinance nov 4 2009 – amend description of project/

TR: orig adopted language was use money for police substation in senior ctr sprngwd ave, this adds that language to the ordinance/ no comment on the ordiance, move to adopt

All yes –

Bond Ordinance funding refunding all or a portion of bond issue from Dec 1, 1995 $2,215mn $160k refunding bonds for financing bonding was done thru Monmouth county improvement authority –cty lks for oopp to refinan bonds and save money, part of a much larger issue/ ea muni mst pass its own ord, our share of the refunding ord for // we’ll save $70k off bond ordinance, our share of the county’s savings/

Passed all yes/

Nov 3 2008 – ordinance salvation army bldg, owned by teischer grp, decision by appellate said buldgn really is in redev. Zone/ fronts on 5th ave/ does not include those 2 homes on 5th which are also w/in the WR zone – they continue to be outside the redevelopment/

Marano – that could’ve been blt already.. only one mkg money in this situation are the attys.

Easements on lake ave rear of 500 blk of cookman avenue, Sakman Enterprises. This was already app’d by PBd. All yes – Bruno is left before the ordinances were read.

RCA bids for Elizabeth Ave app’d.

Meeting Adjourned.

1 comment:

Maureen Nevin said...

The following comments offer the opportunity to clarify the meanings in this report, the nature of which is primative at best. Bear with me...See clarifications in [ ] A visitor writes:

I cant imagine Rita saying '...nothing wrong...'
shouldn't that be '...something wrong...'\ [The speaker meant that there was nothing wrong with the building. That it shouldn't have been torn down.]

look at the context...

"Rita Marano – 8th av – I noticed they knocked a big apt house down on 8th av, nothing wrong with it. we’ll lose $68,000 in ratables / tax rate w/ be 522? More next yr if they keep kno..."


"St james bet cookman and, sewell too."

Thats between '...Cookman and Asbury Ave...' [Again, sorry for confusion. There was more explanation after the 'and' as to the location, which I didn't get down in my notes. The reference to Sewell was that Sewell was to be vacated in addition to St. James.]