Meeting Minutes From: 1/4/2010

The following agenda and minutes are an unofficial copy and for informational purposes only. Please do not rely on these minutes in making a land use application or for an application for a permit of any kind.  Contact the Municipal Clerk for an official copy.

AGENDA FOR REORGANIZATION MEETING OF

JANUARY 4, 2010 AT 7:30 P.M.


  1. NOTICE OF MEETING
  1. ROLL CALL
  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  1. MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR JOHN MORRISSEY
  1. INVOCATION

Monsignor Eugene Prus, The Church of the Blessed Sacrament

  1. CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION
  1. OATHS OF OFFICE - Performed by the Christopher “Kip” Bateman, N.J. Legislative District 16  Senator

Councilman – Howard Norgalis

Councilman – Allen Kurdyla

Councilman – Dan Hayes

  1. SELECTION OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT 
  1. COUNCIL PRESIDENT MESSAGE
  1. MAYOR’S REPORT

State of the Township Address

  1. MAYOR’S APPOINTMENTS WITHOUT ADVICE AND CONSENT

a)    Appointment to the Environmental Commission

                                          i.    Pushpavati Amin

                                        ii.    Joanne Kane

                                       iii.    Edward Brzezowski

                                       iv.    Dean Andrisek

b)    Appointment to Green Brook Flood Control Commission

                                          i.    Robert Bogart

c)    Appointment to Local Emergency Management Council

                                          i.    Robert Szkodny

                                        ii.    Mayor Patricia Flannery

                                       iii.    James T. Naples 

                                       iv.    Howard Turbowitz

                                        v.    Stephen Rodzinak

                                       vi.    Robert Hanlon 

                                      vii.    Frank Ur

                                    viii.    George Jones

                                       ix.    Chris Poulsen

                                        x.    Richard J. Borden

                                       xi.    John Langel

                                      xii.    Don Collins

                                    xiii.    Brian Shanley

                                    xiv.    Malcolm Plager

                                      xv.    Lawrence Livornese

d)    Appointment to Open Space Advisory Committee

                                          i.    Class I (C) Planning Board Representative – N. Janine Dickey

e)    Appointment of Planning Board Members

                                          i.    Class II – Stephen Rodzinak

                                        ii.    Class IV – N. Janine Dickey

                                       iii.    Class IV alternate 1 – Robert Albano

                                       iv.    Class IV alternate 2 – Glenn E. Petillo

f)     Appointment to Regional Center Partnership Designated Representatives

                                          i.    Mayor Patricia Flannery

                                        ii.    Scarlett Doyle

                                       iii.    Henry E. Reynolds, Jr.

g)    Appointment of Risk Manager

                                          i.    Jaime Rick

h)   Appointment to Somerset County Community Development Block Grant

                                          i.    William Veliky

                                        ii.    James T. Naples – alternate

i)     Appointment toBridgewater / Raritan Youth Services Commission/ Municipal Alliance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

                                          i.    Megan Moench

                                        ii.    William Velicky

                                       iii.    Alan Iachini

                                       iv.    Donna Langel

                                        v.    Vicki Charles

                                       vi.    David C. Ogden

  1. MAYOR’S APPOINTMENTS WITH ADVICE AND CONSENT

a)    Appointment of Public Defender

                                          i.    William T. Cooper III

b)    Appointment to Economic Development Committee 

                                          i.    John B. Schmitt, Jr.

                                        ii.    Stephen Koehler

                                       iii.    Thomas G. Metcalf

c)    Appointment to Health Advisory Board

                                          i.    Dr. Caryn S. Dahl

d)    Appointment to Housing Advisory Board

                                          i.    Rex H. Hahn

                                        ii.    Ann E. Isom

                                       iii.    Arshad Jalil

e)    Appointment to Library Advisory Board

                                          i.    Ellen Lin

                                        ii.    Stephanie Bakos

                                       iii.    Allen Y. Yang

f)     Appointment to Local Assistance Board

                                          i.    George Collins

g)    Appointment to Park Board

                                          i.    Walter Rusak

                                        ii.    Jim Piersanti

                                       iii.    Allan R. Papp

h)   Appointment of Public Agency Compliance Officer

                                          i.    William Conniff

i)     Appointment to Recreation Advisory Board

                                          i.    Dawn Guttschall

                                        ii.    W. Glenn Robinson

j)     Appointment to Shade Tree Committee

                                          i.    Barbara Ronca

                                        ii.    William Sedlazek

                                       iii.     Judith H. Ambrus

k)    Appointment to Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission

                                          i.    Herb Patullo

l)     Appointment to Wildlife Management Oversight Advisory Committee

                                          i.    Linda Graziano

  1. COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS

a)    Appointment of Auditor

                                          i.    Award of Professional Services Contract in an Amount Not to Exceed $58,075 - Robert B. Cagnassola - Suplee, Clooney & Co.

b)    Appointment of Assessment Search Officer

                                          i.    Linda J. Doyle

c)    Appointment of Registrar of Vital Statistics

                                          i.    Mary Ellen Ianniello

d)    Appointment of Tax Search Officer

                                          i.    Darrow Murdock

e)    Appointment of Class III Planning Board Member

                                          i.    Howard Norgalis

f)     Appointments to Board of Adjustment

                                          i.    William Vornehm

                                        ii.    Donald Sweeney

                                       iii.    Paul Riga

                                       iv.    Charles Harrison – alternate member #1

                                        v.    Lee Schapiro – alternate member #2

                                       vi.    Pushpavati Amin – alternate member #3

                                      vii.    Evans Humenick – alternate member #4

g)    Appointment to Creative Arts Committee

                                          i.    Frieda Helmstetter

                                        ii.    Mary Austin

                                       iii.    Claudia Browne

h)   Appointment to Green Brook Flood Control Commission

                                          i.    Allen Kurdyla

                                        ii.    Howard Norgalis

i)     Appointment to Regional Center Partnership Designated Representatives

                                          i.    Matthew Moench

                                        ii.    Dan Hayes – alternate

j)     Appointment to Somerset Raritan Valley Sewerage Authority

                                          i.    Joseph Lifrieri

k)    Appointment to Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Management Committee

                                          i.    Betsy Cooper

l)     Appointment of Open Space Advisory Committee

                                          i.     Councilman Allen Kurdyla           (Class II A)

                                        ii.    Christine Rose (Class II B)

                                       iii.     Scott P. Stephens (Class II B)

                                       iv.    Christopher Corsini (Class II B)

  1. OATHS OF OFFICE

administered by William Savo, Township Attorney

  1. RESOLUTIONS

a)    General Business

b)    Schedule of Meetings

c)    Appointment of Director of Law

                                          i.    Award of Professional Service Contract in an Amount Not to Exceed $450,000 – William Savo - Mauro Savo Camerino & Grant

d)    Appointment to Division of Planning

                                          i.    Award of Professional Service Contract in an Amount Not to Exceed $60,000 – Scarlett Doyle - John Cilo, Jr.

e)    Appointment of Bond Counsel

                                          i.    Award of Professional Service Contract – Gibbons, P.C.

f)     Appointment of Labor Attorney

                                          i.    Award of Professional Services Contract in an Amount Not to Exceed $75,000 – Ruderman & Glickman

g)    Establishing a Cash Management Plan and Naming Official Cash Depositories

h)   2010 Temporary Budget-Current Fund

i)     2010 Temporary Budget-Sewer Utility

  1. MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Members of the public wishing to address the Council on any matter will be allowed two minutes to speak, unless there are unusual circumstances.

  1. BENEDICTION

Monsignor Eugene Prus

  1. ADJOURNMENT

REFRESHMENTS TO BE SERVED AFTER MEETING

1/4/10

MINUTES OF THE BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP COUNCIL

JANUARY 4, 2010             MUNICIPAL COMPLEX COURT ROOM

REORGANIZATION MEETING

The Township Council of the Township of Bridgewater, County of Somerset, State of New Jersey, convened in regular session and reorganization on Monday, January 4, 2010, at 7:30 pm, in the Municipal Complex Court Room located at 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Council President Scaglione read the following announcement:

Notice of Meeting

“In compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act of New Jersey, adequate notice of this meeting was provided on December 28, 2009, by sending written and electronic notice to the Courier News and The Star Ledger; posting on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building and filing with the Township Clerk.”

On call of the roll the following Council members were present:

Robert Albano

Michael Hsing

Matthew Moench

Howard Norgalis

Patrick Scaglione

Also Present:                       

Patricia Flannery, Mayor

James T. Naples, Township Administrator

William Savo, Township Attorney

Linda J. Doyle, Township Clerk

Hector A. Herrera, Deputy Township Clerk

Council President Scaglione led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council President Scaglione addressed the public stating this is the first Reorganization meeting to be held in the new facility.  Council President welcomed all in attendance.

Moment of Silence

Monsignor Eugene Prus of The Church of Blessed Sacrament asked for a Moment of Silence to honor the passing of former Mayor and Township volunteer John Patrick Morrissey.  He affirmed that on December 19, 2009, John Patrick Morrissey passed away. Monsignor Prus announced Mr. Morrissey’s passing was only four days after the passing of his beloved wife of many years Hazel.  Monsignor Prus recognized Mr. Morrissey as an active and honored member of the Bridgewater Township Community. Monsignor Prus added Mr. Morrissey was active on many levels of community life including a former Planning Board member, Councilman and Mayor.  He recognized Mr. Morrissey as a man of great integrity, who offered to all a powerful commitment to the community. 

Invocation

Monsignor Eugene Prus of The Church of Blessed Sacrament presented the invocation.  

Council President recognized the local dignitaries in the audience including State Senator, Kip Bateman, Freeholder Robert Zaborowski, Sheriff Frank Provenzano, and County Surrogate Frank Bruno.

Council President Scaglione stated Councilman Robert Albano and Councilman Michael Hsing did not run for re-election.  Council President added this is their last meeting they will serve in honor of Bridgewater. 

Council President asked Councilman Hsing to come forward. He presented him a plaque for his eight years of service with sincere appreciation.

Councilman Hsing thanked everyone who helped and introduced him to serve in public office during his two terms. Councilman Hsing stated it was a sincere pleasure and privilege to serve Bridgewater Council and Township and he will treasure the experience.  Councilman Hsing avowed he will stay active in the Community but will be focusing on his new business in the green energy industry.

Council President asked Bob Albano to come forward.  He stated Bob has been a Councilman since 1985 and has served the community for 24 years.  Council President presented Bob with a plaque for his years of service and stated his years of experience and knowledge of Township history can not be replaced.

Councilman Robert Albano stated his interests are still family, career and community.  Councilman Albano added he did not seek reelection because he believes the privilege to serve the people is an honor that should be shared.

Councilman Albano’s full statement is attached to the official minutes. (schedule A)

Certification of Election

Council President Scaglione read the following Certification of Election:

A statement of the determination of the Board of Canvassers of Somerset County, New Jersey, relative to a General Election held in the County of Somerset on November 3, 2009, for the election of the following mentioned offices in the Township of Bridgewater:

Three (3) Four – Year Township Council Seats

The said Board does determine that

Allen F. Kurdyla

Dan Hayes

Howard V. Norgalis

were duly elected to the Township Council.

I DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing is a true, full and correct statement of the determination of the Board of Canvassers of Somerset County, New Jersey.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 6 day of November, 2009.

Attest:                         Brett Radi, County Clerk and Frederick Quick, County Board of Canvassers.

Oaths of Office

Christopher “Kip” Bateman, N.J. Legislative District 16, Senator administered the Oaths of Office for:

Allen F. Kurdyla

Dan Hayes

Howard V. Norgalis

Roll Call

On call of the roll the following Council members were presented:

Daniel Hayes

Allen F. Kurdyla

Matthew Moench

Howard Norgalis

Patrick Scaglione

Selection of Council President

SELECTION OF COUNCIL PRESIDENT

Councilman Norgalis nominated Councilman Matthew Moench to serve as Council President for the year 2010.  Councilman Kurdyla seconded the motion.

The vote on the forgoing motion was as follows:

Councilman Hayes                        Aye

Councilman Kurdyla                      Aye

Council President Norgalis              Aye

Councilman Scaglione                   Aye

Councilman Moench                      Abstain

Selection of Council President

Council President Moench called the meeting to order and presented the following message.

The statement is attached to the official minutes. (schedule B)

State of the Township Address

Mayor Flannery gave the annual State of the Township address.

The address is attached to the official minutes. (schedule C)

Township Council Reports

Councilman Scaglione reported he will be sworn in Friday, January 8th at the Somerset County Courthouse at 3 p.m. and invited all to attend.

Councilman Norgalis had no report.

Councilman Kurdyla thanked all that supported him during his campaign.  Councilman Kurdyla recognized his wife, Nancy and his family for their continuing support that allows him to lead a public life. 

Councilman Hayes addressed the Mayor, fellow Councilman, honored guests, residents, friends and family to affirm his pleasure as the Township newest Councilman. Councilman Hayes joined in offering congratulations to Councilman Scaglione who was successful in his campaign as Somerset County Freeholder. He thanked Bob Albano and Michael Hsing for their years of service.  Councilman Hayes pledged to be a dedicated servant to public interest. 

Councilmen Hayes full statement is attached to the official minutes. (schedule D)

Mayor Appointments without Advice and Consent

Linda Doyle, Township Clerk read the Mayor’s appointments without advice and consent as follows:

Appointment to the Environmental Commission

Pushpavati Amin

Joanne Kane

Edward Brzezowski

Dean Andricsak

Appointment to Green Brook Flood Control Commission

Robert Bogart

Appointment to Local Emergency Management Council

Robert Szkodny

Mayor Patricia Flannery

James T. Naples 

Howard Turbowitz

Stephen Rodzinak

Robert Hanlon 

Frank Ur

George Jones

Chris Poulsen

Richard J. Borden

John Langel

Don Collins

Brian Shanley

Malcolm Plager

Lawrence Livornese

Appointment to Open Space Advisory Committee

Class I (C) Planning Board Representative – N. Janine Dickey

Appointment of Planning Board Members

Class II – Stephen Rodzinak

Class IV – Joanne Kane

Class IV – N. Janine Dickey

Class IV alternate 1 – Robert Albano

Class IV alternate 2 – Glenn E. Petillo

Appointment to Regional Center Partnership Designated Representatives

Mayor Patricia Flannery

Scarlett Doyle

Henry E. Reynolds, Jr.

Appointment of Risk Manager

Jaime Rick

Appointment to Somerset County Community Development Block Grant

William Veliky

James T. Naples – alternate

Appointment toBridgewater / Raritan Youth Services Commission/ Municipal Alliance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Megan Moench

William Velicky

Alan Iachini

Donna Langel

Vicki Charles

David C. Ogden

Mayor Appointments with Advice and Consent

Ms. Doyle read the Mayor’ Appointments with Advise and Consent as follows:

Appointment of Public Defender

William T. Cooper III

Appointment to Economic Development Committee 

John B. Schmitt, Jr.

Stephen Koehler

Thomas G. Metcalf

Appointment to Health Advisory Board

Dr. Caryn S. Dahl

Appointment to Housing Advisory Board

Rex H. Hahn

Ann E. Isom

Arshad Jalil

Appointment to Library Advisory Board

Ellen Lin

Stephanie Bakos

Allen Y. Yang

Appointment to Local Assistance Board

George Collins

Appointment to Park Board

Walter Rusak

Jim Piersanti

Allan R. Papp

Appointment of Public Agency Compliance Officer

William Conniff

Appointment to Recreation Advisory Board

Dawn Guttschall

W. Glenn Robinson

Appointment to Shade Tree Committee

Barbara Ronca

William Sedlazek

 Judith H. Ambrus

Appointment to Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission

Herb Patullo

Appointment to Wildlife Management Oversight Advisory Committee

Linda Graziano

On motion of Councilman Kurdyla, second of Councilman Norgalis, the resolutions were approved.The vote was as follows:

Councilman Hayes                                Aye

Councilman Kurdyla                               Aye

Councilman Norgalis                               Aye

Councilman Scaglione                             Aye

Council President Moench                        Aye

THE RESOLUTIONS DESIGNATING THE MAYOR’S APPOINTMENTS WITH ADVISE AND CONSENT WERE APPROVED.

A copy of resolutions #10-01-04-001 through #10-01-04-011 are appended to the official minutes.

Council

Appointments

Council President Moench read the Council Appointments as follows:

Appointment of Auditor:

Award of Professional Services Contract in an amount not to exceed $58,075 - Robert B. Cagnassola - Suplee, Clooney & Co.

Appointment of Assessment Search Officer

Linda J. Doyle

Appointment of Registrar of Vital Statistics

Mary Ellen Ianniello

Appointment of Tax Search Officer

Darrow Murdock

Appointment of Class III Planning Board Member

Howard Norgalis

Appointments to Board of Adjustment

William Vornehm

Donald Sweeney

Paul Riga

Charles Harrison – alternate member #1

Lee Schapiro – alternate member #2

Pushpavati Amin – alternate member #3

Evans Humenick – alternate member #4

Appointment to Creative Arts Committee

Frieda Helmstetter

Mary Austin

Claudia Browne

Appointment to Green Brook Flood Control Commission

Allen Kurdyla

Howard Norgalis - alternate

Appointment to Regional Center Partnership Designated Representatives

Matthew Moench

Dan Hayes – alternate

Appointment to Somerset Raritan Valley Sewerage Authority

Joseph Lifrieri

Appointment to Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Management Committee

Betsy Cooper

Appointment of Open Space Advisory Committee

Councilman Allen Kurdyla (Class II A)

Christine Rose (Class II B)

Scott P. Stephens (Class II B)

Christopher Corsini (Class II B)

On motion of Councilman Kurdyla, second of Councilman Norgalis, the resolutions were approved.The vote was as follows:

Councilman Hayes                                Aye

Councilman Kurdyla                               Aye

Councilman Norgalis                               Aye

Councilman Scaglione                             Aye

Council President Moench                        Aye

THE RESOLUTIONS DESIGNATING COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS WERE APPROVED.

A copy of resolutions #10-01-04-012 through #10-01-04-023 are appended to the official minutes.

General Oaths of Office

OATHS OF OFFICE

administered by William Savo, Township Attorney

Resolutions

Council President Moench read the Resolutions by title as follows:

GENERAL BUSINESS

Council President Moench explained to the public the foregoing resolution authorizes and designates business for the year 2010.

SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS

Council President Moench stated the Township Council meetings will be posted on the website and the community bulletin board in the Municipal Building.

APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF LAW

AWARD OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CONTRACT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $450,000 – WILLIAM SAVO - MAURO SAVO CAMERINO & GRANT

APPOINTMENT TO DIVISION OF PLANNING

AWARD OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CONTRACT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $60,000 – SCARLETT DOYLE - JOHN CILO, JR.

APPOINTMENT OF BOND COUNSEL

AWARD OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CONTRACT – GIBBONS, P.C.

APPOINTMENT OF LABOR ATTORNEY

AWARD OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $75,000 – RUDERMAN & GLICKMAN

ESTABLISHING A CASH MANAGEMENT PLAN AND NAMING OFFICIAL CASH DEPOSITORIES

Council President Moench stated the foregoing resolution designates naming of depositories used by the Township for the year 2010.

2010 TEMPORARY BUDGET-CURRENT FUND

2010 TEMPORARY BUDGET-SEWER UTILITY

Council President Moench stated the foregoing resolutions represent funding allocations for the Current and Sewer Utility Budgets to provide the Township regular operation until the regular Municipal Budget is approved.

On motion of Councilman Kurdyla, second of Councilman Norgalis, the resolutions were approved.The vote was as follows:

Councilman Hayes                                 Aye

Councilman Kurdyla                               Aye

Councilman Norgalis                              Aye

Councilman Scaglione                            Aye

Council President Moench                       Aye

THE RESOLUTIONS FOR GENERAL BUSINESS WERE APPROVED.

A copy of resolutions #10-01-04-024 through #10-01-04-032 are appended to the official minutes.

Public Comment

On motion of Councilman Norgalis, seconded by Councilman Kurdyla, the meeting was opened to the public.

No one wished to be heard. 

On motion of Councilman Norgalis, seconded by Councilman Kurdyla, the public portion of the meeting was closed. 

Benediction

Monsignor Eugene Prus presented the Benediction

Message from Outgoing President Scaglione

Councilman Patrick Scaglione read the following:

As you know, I have had the honor of being elected to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholder’s.  It is indeed a great honor to be chosen by not only the people of Bridgewater but the people of Somerset County.

However, one of my strong beliefs is that dual office holding deprives constituents of a second voice to work with them.  Instead of two people working twice as hard, two people with twice as many ideas there is only one person.  Therefore affective with my swearing in as Freeholder this Friday, January 8 at 3 pm I will be resigning my seat on the Bridgewater Council.

Twelve years ago I became involved because I saw actions that could be taken to make our community a better place to live.  Some of the accomplishments that I have been a part of with the Mayor, Council members, volunteers and staff include the passage of the Open Space Referendum and creation of the Open Space Trust Fund.

Modifying our long term capital and budget procedures to due multiyear planning to keep a low and steady tax rate.  The planning and building of our new Municipal Complex which will be the first lead certified green Municipal Complex in the State.  And changing our planning and zoning processes and ordinances to foster sustainable smart growth instead of chasing a ratable base. 

I did not get into public service for the pay or the benefits, no sane person would for such little compensation.  However, as you all know, since you all have the same commitment as I do, I do this for our community.  I want to make the place I work, shop, live and the place where my daughter is growing up a better place to live, not just for me and my family but for all of us. 

Each of you has had the same commitment and we have been able to accomplish a tremendous amount together.  I hope you all look back on my term on Council as a period where Bridgewater has indeed become a better place to live.  I have been honored to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Bridgewater and look forward to continuing that service for all the people of Somerset County. 

Thank you all for your help and your support and for your friendship over the past twelve years. That said, I make the following motion to adjourn.

Adjournment

On motion of Councilman Scaglione, seconded by Councilman Kurdyla, and unanimous voice vote the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Council President Moench invited all attendees for refreshments in the adjacent conference room.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda J. Doyle, RMC

Municipal Clerk

___________________________

Matthew Moench

Council President

schedule a

Message from Robert Albano

Dear friends,

One score, 4 years and 4 days ago, I took the oath of office as Council member. I was proud and overjoyed at the honor the People bestowed on me.

However; I decided not to seek re-election.  Not because I have other interests – My interests are My Family, Career, and Community and these will not change.

I did not seek re election because I believe the privilege to represent the People must be shared. In a free society citizens must be part of the leadership.  It’s time for me to share this privilege.

We have accomplished a lot, but times and needs of the people change and the work must continue to improve our community.

I entrust that challenge to my successors on the Council.

I would be remiss if I did not recognize the many people who helped me from novice to “Elder Statesman”.

First and foremost –

My Family -

My wife, Patty, our children and grand children support my public service. They understood the need for long meetings, phone calls at dinner time, the letters in the mail box, the conversations at the Mall and Shops and occasional irate citizen. They were amused by the campaigns. I thank them for their support.

Among the many others whom I thank are:

Rel Orrell,

Elmer Schall,

Charlie Harrison,

Jim Dowden,

Rick Fontana

Frank D’Ascensio,

Bob Hanlon, sr,

Bill Savo,

John Morriesey,

Dale Florio,

Patrick Scaglione,

Kip Bateman

Also my esteemed colleagues on the Council and our  Mayor

Patti Flannary.

And many, many others - both allies and adversaries.

And finally a special thanks to

The Township staff

Especially the Township Clerks and

The Township Administrators.

schedule a

I’ve learned from all of them.

I’ve learned –

That service to the community comes before partisan politics.

And

I’ve learned how to disagree without being disagreeable.

And I thank them all.

Maybe I could give the Council some advice – but better is George Washington’s advice to elected leaders:

                      Study the facts and justifications

                      and be guided by integrity in all decisions.

 I will ask the Council to keep in mind that all who come before you represent special interests;  a developer, a vendor, or a citizen.  It is the right of all citizens to address the government in their personal interests.  But at all time you represent the 45,000 residents and all future residents and not just those in this Chamber.

To the citizens – you trusted and elected these persons to represent you.

Over see their actions but remember, they act in the interests of the entire community. Offer facts to help the decision process, and recognize you may not agree with all decisions the Council MUST make.

In closing – I’ll miss this but I pass the torch to a new generation of leaders.

I now return to my role as a private citizen.

Happy Year.

schedule b

2010 Council President Address

I’d like to start off by thanking my fellow council members for the trust and responsibility they have reposed in me by selecting me to be council president this upcoming year.   It has been a privilege and an honor to serve on the council for the past two years, and I look forward to leading the council during what I expect will be an exciting and challenging year. I am eager to continue working closely with Mayor Flannery and the administration to cooperatively serve the residents of Bridgewater.

With the election of Chris Christie as our new governor, we have hope that as we conclude the decade so too do we conclude an era of oppressive unfunded state mandates, socialist housing policies, and tax burdens that are driving New Jersey residents from their homes.  Here in Bridgewater we have faced tough challenges and met them head on to protect the quality of life for our residents.  Last year the council approved a budget that resulted in a tax decrease for the Bridgewater portion of your taxes.  This was done even as the state reduced our municipal aid.

With leaders like Mayor Flannery at the helm, we can also hope that the new administration will reassess the Council of Affordable Housing’s dangerous housing policies that burden the taxpayers’ wallets and destroy our suburban way of life.  Here in Bridgewater, we have met the challenges head on and were able to come up with a plan to meet COAH’s burdensome requirements. As a result, we are able protect the quality of life here in Bridgewater. 

In addition to changes at the state level, Bridgewater is also beginning a new era with changes on the council.  As a testament to the quality of leadership and responsible government we have seen here in Bridgewater this past November, the voters of Somerset County recognized Councilman Scaglione’s accomplishments and elevated him to the County Freeholder Board.  Starting in just a few days, Councilman Scaglione will bring his talents to the County Level and continue to not only serve Bridgewater’s residents, but those of the entire county.  While Patrick was a council member, he was one of the first to advocate for the open space tax fund which is primarily responsible for many of the open space acquisitions here in Bridgewater.  Due to his efforts, Bridgewater residents will continue to enjoy those parks, fields, and many other open spaces for years to come.  Patrick also dedicated many of his efforts to assisting in the budget process every year and is renowned for his knowledge and expertise in the areas of financial and budgetary issues.  It will be difficult to fill the void in his leadership here on the council, but we look forward to working with him in his new role as Freeholder. Please join me in giving Patrick a round of applause for his service here in Bridgewater and wishing him well as he takes on his new role.

In addition to Patrick’s departure, we have two additional changes on the Council.  First, Councilman Robert Albano is retiring after nearly 25 years of service on the township council.  As the “Dean” of the Council, Bob has served Bridgewater over the course of the past three decades and been an influential leader on all important decisions during this time – an era which saw the construction of the Bridgewater Commons mall, a new Master Plan, the construction of the Somerset County Patriots Ballpark, and every other major advancement in Bridgewater during that time.  Councilman Albano has demonstrated time and again his mastery of the issues facing Bridgewater, and the prudent course of action, based upon his years of knowledge and experience.  However, we in Bridgewater can be comforted that Bob will continue using his knowledge of the issues and love for the town by serving the township as a member of the Planning Board.  Please join me in thanking Councilman Albano for his years of service to the township, and wishing him well in his retirement from elected office. 

Last, but certainly not least, this year also marks the retirement of Councilman Michael Hsing from the council.  Michael has served for 8 years, and has been a leader on environmental and “green” policy, advocating for Bridgewater to be at the forefront of environmentally responsible policies and practices.  In fact, Bridgewater will be one of the first LEED certified municipal buildings in the State.  Michael’s technology background was indispensible in providing guidance on the many complex technical issues that the council faced and Councilman Hsing was always visible in the community acting as a conduit for the concerns of the residents.  Michael has been a dedicated public servant for the past 8 years and we all wish him well in his future endeavors. 

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Of course with the departure of my esteemed colleagues, in the new decade we will also welcome three new members, although the third has not yet been selected.   Returning to the council after a short hiatus is former councilman Allen Kurdyla who will return to the council this year.  Allen brings with him four years of experience from his previous term on the council.  In addition, Allen has stayed active over the past two years, chairing the open space committee.  During that time, the open space committee was instrumental in the referendum to allow a portion of the township’s open space fund money to be used for capital improvements on existing land, oversaw the acquisition of several properties purchased with open space funds, and assisted in the visioning and community outreach process for proposed capital projects.  I look forward to working with Allen this year.

Also joining the council this year is first term councilman Dan Hayes.  Dan brings a balance of experience and fresh perspective which will be invaluable in the coming years ahead.  Dan has previously served the township as a member of the Planning Board and the Library Advisory Board. As a member of the planning Board, Dan was a member of the subcommittee who assisted Mayor Flannery in crafting a COAH plan that could meet the stringent requirements of COAH while protecting Bridgewater residents.  In addition, Dan is knowledgeable on the proposed Route 22 zoning changes which will certainly be an important issue in Bridgewater this year. 

I’d also like to say a few words about Councilman Norgalis who this past November was re-elected to the Council.  Councilman Norgalis has been and will continue to be a leader on the council, especially when it comes to budgetary matters.  The past two years I have served on the budget sub-committee with Howard, and he is both meticulous and relentless in making sure that every dollar in the budget is accounted for and understood.  No one has a better understanding of the details of the budgetary process than Howard and I look forward to working with him this year on the budget sub-committee as we face another tough year where we can expect cuts in state aid and hard decisions at all levels of government.  On a personal note, Howard has been a great mentor to me over the past two years and I will continue to seek his guidance as we move forward into this new decade.

In my role as council president this year, I will strive to promote the principles of small government that are so essential to the re-growth of our state economy and the protection of our freedom and prosperity.  In a time period where our national leaders are seeking to move towards more government programs, expansive government, and higher taxes, we must remember as Barry Goldwater cautioned: “a government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”  Thomas Jefferson espoused a similar set of principles which is “those who are governed best, are governed least.”  Every time government passes another law or regulation the people lose a little bit more of their freedom.  Therefore, it is essential that we as a law making body truly evaluate all laws and regulations that we choose to pass, such that we only pass those that are absolutely necessary for the public welfare. We must not look for a convenient solution to a momentary problem.  It is not our job as local officials to protect people from themselves by establishing regulation after regulation, but instead it is our job to protect the people from government.  We need to protect the right of every citizen to lead their own lives, free from government intrusion and make sure government supports, not hinders, every person in their own pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness, and ensure that government does not stand in their way.   

Over the course of the next year the council will face many pressing issues upon which we will be called to deliberate, including passing a budget in what will be a difficult year, meeting our COAH obligations, the proposed Route 22 zoning changes, and overseeing the completion of the municipal complex construction.  I am confident that the Council will meet these challenges, and those that we have yet to become aware of, with the prudence, good judgment, and limited government approach that we have come to appreciate here in Bridgewater.

I would like to also recognize and thank a few people here in the audience tonight.  I would like to thank and recognize my wife, without whose support I would be unable to serve the residents of Bridgewater.  I want to thank Msg. Prus, and Senator Bateman for their assistance today and also recognize Freeholder Robert Zaborowski, Sheriff Frank Provenzano, and County Surrogate Frank Bruno.  In addition, I want to thank all of you that have served or will serve the township as members of the various boards and committees which provide the mayor and council with the guidance needed to effectively govern the Township.  In particular, I would like to note George

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Harlan who this year retires from the Board of Adjustment after nearly 25 years of service.   Last but not least, I would like to recognize Linda, Hector, Kathy, and Grace you work in the Clerk’s office and who work tirelessly to assist the Council and the township residents. 

At this time, I would like to ask Mayor Flannery to provide her State of the Township address. 

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2010 STATE OF THE TOWNSHIP ADDRESS

Council Members, family, friends, honored guests, and Township staff, first let me wish you all a healthy and happy New Year. It is an honor for me to address you in our new meeting room and to deliver my seventh State of the Township address reflecting on the accomplishments of this past year, and noting the challenges and priorities that face us in the year ahead.

I am pleased to say that the State of the Township is strong and we continue to thrive as a community and a leader in the State.  But our standing is not without caution, as the lingering effects of the global economic downturn continue to challenge our businesses and our lives each and every day. 

Retailers Home Depot Expo, Circuit City and Linens and Things have closed, the Courier News has closed its printing operation and has a contract to sell their site, and major corporations such as J&J, HSBC, and Pfizer have announced they will either cut staff or relocate operations out of the township.  I mention these examples first so we can dispense with the bad news and focus on the positive achievements.

Of note for their positive growth, pharmaceutical giant sanofi-aventis has completed upgrades of its research and development site and recently broken ground on a major expansion of its US headquarters here, adding over 220,000 square feet of office space.   Financial services leader Goldman Sachs recently completed construction of a 270,000 square foot data center, a project that turned a vacant warehouse site into a thriving commercial use that brings a much more valuable ratable to the Township without the negative impacts of traffic and noise.  STS Tire Service is constructing a 200,000 square foot warehouse on its site, remediating a contaminated condition left by is former owner and significantly expanding its current business. Medical device maker J&J Cordis relocated to Bridgewater bringing 300 jobs. Met Life is renovating its facility and will move an additional 250 employees to their Bridgewater campus.

Our retail base has seen the addition of the Olive Garden restaurant, Dunkin Donuts, Easy Pharmacy, and several additions at the Bridgewater Commons.  Target, Lord and Taylor and Old Navy have recently completed $1 million renovations to each of their facilities.

These achievements may not have been possible had we been complacent and allowed businesses to go unassisted.  Early in my administration in 2004 it was evident what an  important role our commercial properties play in shouldering our property tax burden.  The Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Economic Development Officer were established to focus on attracting and retaining commercial businesses in our Township and our efforts were recently recognized in NJ Biz.   In keeping with this charge, the committee has recently completed a report which outlines recommendations for additional uses in commercial zones along the Route 22 corridor.  These recommendations are being reviewed and analyzed by the Planning Board through a series of public meetings where the merits are weighed.

For almost two years Chairman John Schmitt and the volunteer members of the EDC have spent hours formulating proposals that will determine the long term growth and economic vitality of this important commercial corridor.   I look forward to continuing to work with the EDC, the Planning Board and Council to complete the review and implement the changes. For his leadership and ongoing effort I would like to extend our thanks to Chairman John Schmidt

The Planning Board will also be reviewing two other elements to the Master Plan this year.  The Open Space, Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and Circulation Plan elements will offer recommendations for the improvement of our active and passive recreation sites,   and pedestrian, bicycle and automobile transportation. 

The Open Space, Parks and Recreation Committee is conducting a comprehensive review of 15 open space parcels that are candidates for both active and passive recreation improvements.  The committee is comprised of members

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of the Open Space, Recreation, Parks and Planning Boards and has worked during 2009 to hire the consultant, oversee the comprehensive review of each selected site, conduct a public open house, and create an online information page for further public input. This group, Chaired by Planning Board member Joanne Kane, is completing its review of the consultants concepts and the public input, and will offer its recommendations to the Planning Board and Council in early 2010.  The first recommendation of the committee, the construction of a full sized grass field and additional parking at Crim Park will be started this spring with play the following season. 

The Circulation element is examining the pedestrian, bicycle and auto routes throughout the Township with recommendations for improvements that will over the long term, provide greater access and ease of  travel.  It is expected to be completed in the spring when it will be presented to the Planning Board and the public for input and review.

The discussion of planning activities would not be complete without remarking on the COAH – Council on Afforable Housing- rules and their impact on Bridgewater.  For the better part of 2009 I have directed significant time and resources in making sure our town is protected from the onerous and unsubstantiated quotas created by Governor Corzine and dictated by the Council on Affordable Housing.  Bridgewater currently has a surplus of housing credits that we believe will enable us to continue on our current course without adding a significant cost and density of development burden. We believe our certification for round 3 will be approved and protect the Township from any significant dense development which could be proposed in what is known as a builders remedy lawsuit.

Gaining COAH certification does not imply that we agree with or are satisfied with the methodology that has been established.  As co-chair of the Mayor’s Housing Committee for the NJ League of Municipalities, I have taken the case for significant change to the current rules to both the Governor and Legislature.  I would like to thank our state Senator, Kip Bateman who serves as the Republican point person in the Senate on this important issue. I am hopeful that Governor-Elect Christie will examine these rules and implement a new set of policies that will allow municipalities to create affordable housing where and how it is most appropriate, with funding other than the local property taxpayer.  I have no doubt the coming year will present new challenges and I will continue to fight to protect Bridgewater’s taxpayers interests.

The challenge of COAH will be one of the many faced by Governor Christie early in his administration.  The budget deficit is of particular concern for many NJ municipalities as the further reduction of state aid will severely impact revenues as towns develop their budgets for the coming year.  Our conservative fiscal policies have enabled us to hold the municipal portion of the property taxes stable for the last several years. Through a combination of reduced spending, reduction of the workforce, and restructuring of programs we saw a $7 decrease in the municipal portion of the average taxpayers bill. 

In a difficult economic climate this was no simple achievement and it was even more considerable given the fact that Corzine reduced our state revenues over $800,000 in the last 2 years.  I am not optimistic that these revenues will be restored.  In the coming months I will be presenting a budget to the Council for consideration that will face innumerable challenges to maintain the current programs.

Municipal operations saw several noteworthy achievements in 2009 including the opening of the police and court building in May.  These much needed facilities offer upgraded operating areas for these functions.  The buildings are LEED certified -Leadership in Energy Efficiency- and environmentally friendly.  The project remains within budget and on target for completion by the end of this year.

One area of the site that saw plenty of behind the scenes work was the proposal for a historic monument located in the center courtyard.  A group of volunteer residents, chaired by Veronica Finlay, have been meeting to review concepts for both the site planning and the depiction of Bridgewater’s history to be placed on the circular wall.  The committee has created a design that will represent Bridgewater’s history, from our Charter by King George to

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Washington’s encampment to our current prominence at the crossroads of major highways and pharmaceutical corporate facilities, on a granite mural.   I want to thank Veronica and the members of the monument, creative arts and historic committees for their time and creative efforts that will enrich our municipal complex.

Given the current economic conditions we have decided to pursue funding the construction of the monument with private donations.  I am proud to say that with only minimal notice several corporations and individuals have come forward with early and  generous donations.  In early 2010 we will begin a fundraising campaign that will enable us to complete the construction.  If this has moved anyone in the audience to participate in this effort, please feel free to see me after the ceremony, do see the display boards in the meeting room with your refreshments when we are through, or of course,  go to the website for more information!

2009 saw a continuation of our infrastructure improvements throughout the township with the design and construction of both road and drainage  projects.  To supplement our work we received stimulus funding for road projects for the overpass on Grove Street and the upper portion of Brown Road.  We are also in line for $500,000 in competitive stimulus funds for infiltration and inflow work on the sewer system.  For those non-engineers among us, this project will eliminate stormwater from entering the sanitary sewer pipes, thus eliminating it from needing to be treated at the sewer plant, with that resultant cost savings. 

The Police Department concluded an active year with the successful investigation and apprehension of the individuals who plotted to do harm at the high school.  In today’s environment no potential threat can be ignored, our police department is to be commended for their thorough investigation, quick reaction and professional communication with the Board of Education and residents.  An isolated murder in April was thoroughly investigated and the police worked quickly to arrest all involved, and calm the neighborhood.  In addition the department was successful in ending a burglary spree in the Martinsville section of the Township with the arrest of a suspect they had under surveillance. 

In August we saw a tremendous thunderstorm, technically labeled a microburst, but to anyone close enough to experience it, it seemed like a tornado, which caused incredible damage to properties in the northern section of the Township.  The Department of Public Works worked for almost a month after the storm assisting residents in removing trees and brush from the area.

The Health Department, with assistance from the volunteer Health Advisory Board and County Public Health Partnership, planned for and executed several free clinics for both seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccinations. In addition the Health Advisory Board recommended to the Administration an ordinance that would help regulate spa/massage parlors in the Township.  This will increase the health and safety for those patrons who visit the legitimate businesses, and eliminate or deter illegitimate businesses from operating in Bridgewater.  For their work on these efforts I would like to thank Dr. Livornese and the members of the Health Advisory Board.

As much as Bridgewater has grown in the last several decades, it has retained its sense of community.  Yet, we are not immune to the events of the world and 2009 saw us affected by major global events in the war on terror.  In June, Staff Sergeant Andrew Lobosco, who grew up in Bridgewater with his parents and sister, was killed in action during a heroic attempt to hold off insurgents from his forward operating base in Afghanistan.  The patriotism and community support shown to the Lobosco family during his funeral services was moving and inspiring.  Our citizens lined Washington Valley Road with flags in hand to honor the sacrifice made by Sergeant Lobosco and his family, and is one I will not forget. 

Also one of our own, Private Allen Carroll was wounded in the senseless attack at Fort Hood, Texas.  I am happy to report that Private Carroll is largely recovered from his injuries.  This young man has displayed a tremendous spirit of duty and courage as his top concern is that he be able to deploy with his unit within the next few weeks.  We wish him, and all the members of our armed forces, a safe journey as they continue their work as United States soldiers. 

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I would like to recognize one of our volunteer board members who is stepping down after 21 years of continuous service.  George Harlan has served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment since 1988, and served as chairman of this Board since 2004.  His integrity, intelligence and attention to detail have made him a tremendous asset to both the board and the residents he has served.  Please join me in thanking him for his years of dedication and wishing him well in whatever he pursues.

The close of 2009 will see three Councilmen leave the dais after long, distinguished years of service.  Councilman Hsing will leave the Council after 8 years of serving the township.  Councilman Scaglione will leave the Council shortly as he begins his term as Freeholder.  His 12 years on Council will be remembered for his practical approach to accomplishing goals and his attention to financial matters.  I anticipate working with him as a Freeholder as we continue to explore mutually beneficial opportunities for service consolidation and cost savings.

Councilman Albano will be leaving the Council after 24 years of service to the Township.  His experience will be difficult to replace.  During his term on the Council he has provided  wisdom and ethics in all matters before the governing body.   While the challenges of elected office are rewarding, they  involve tough decisions and hours apart from family and other pursuits. As the unofficial historian of the governing body Councilman Albano has kept a running total of the number of times a resident has thanked the Council in a public meeting.  While I believe he reports the number to be somewhere in the 30’s, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him countless times for his service and let him know that Bridgewater is a better place because of his efforts.

We/I welcome Allen Kurdyla and Dan Hayes to the Council this year.  I have worked with these gentlemen in the past, Allen as a former Councilman and member of the Open Space Committee, and Dan as a member of the Planning Board as well as chair of the Library Advisory Committee.  Both are pragmatic and come from a business background with knowledge of government services.  It will be a pleasure to continue working with both of them over the next four years in their new roles.

I look forward to the year ahead as we complete existing projects, tackle new initiatives and work with the new Governor to make New Jersey as good tomorrow, as  Bridgewater is today.  The year ahead will be challenging, as we try to continue to provide the necessary programs and services to our residents under difficult economic circumstances.  Unfortunately further reductions in State aid may make deep programs cuts unavoidable.

The assistance provided to municipal government by the outstanding volunteers who serve on our many boards and committees, is an asset that cannot be measured in cost efficiencies or matrix charts.  Your countless hours, lending your individual talents to the group effort for betterment of your neighborhood and Township as a whole is greatly appreciated. To those of you in the audience tonight who are veterans of community service I am delighted to have your wisdom and experience back.  For those of you who are joining us for the first time I welcome you and thank you for your commitment to serving your fellow residents.  One of the most rewarding tasks as Mayor is to meet with the many individuals here tonight, learn about their backgrounds and areas of expertise and work with you to improve our community. 

It is truly humbling that Engineers, Doctors, business owners, corporate executives, educators, nurses, lawyers, busy parents, and retirees, to name a few, volunteer their precious free time to serve their local government and become a bigger part of their community.  In closing tonight I would like to leave you with the words of the great communicator President Ronald Reagan; No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.

I look forward to working with you all and wish you and your families a happy and healthy new year.  Thank you.

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Message from Dan Hayes

Mayor, Councilmen, Honored Guests, Fellow Residents, Family and Friends,

It is indeed an honor to be addressing you this evening as one of our Township’s newest council members.  First, I would like to add my voice to the chorus congratulating Councilman Scaglione on his election to Freeholder; and, Councilmen Hsing and Councilman Albano for their successful terms, and acknowledge their dedication to our Township.  I thank them for their contribution and hope their involvement will continue for many years to come.  

I would like to thank and recognize the Mayor and the current Council for their leadership in the prior year.  I feel privileged to be joining their company. I believe, because of their efforts, our Township is better positioned to meet the challenges which lie ahead and I am looking forward to working with them.  I have much to learn and am eager to begin.  Hopefully, they will find me an engaged contributor to the Council and Township’s efforts.

Most importantly, I recognize I am here by will of the voters.  I hope to be worthy of the trust and confidence that vote implies.  Service as Councilman is an honor and privilege with accountability to all our residents -and so to all, I pledge to be a dedicated servant to public interests.

I am also here this evening because of the encouragement and good will of so many family and friends, many of whom are here this evening, and a few, like my father are watching from above.  I am deeply grateful for their support.  To them, I offer a heartfelt collective - thank you.    

There is, however, one person to whom I am most grateful, my spouse and partner of over 30 years, Diana.  For no other reason than love, (and it must be love) she fully supports my public service.  I would not be here without her.

Being given this opportunity to serve is part of a personal dream come true. For now, the rest of my dream “to have served well” remains my goal, my pledge and my commitment.

As I have mentioned before, we are blessed to live in a wonderful township with caring, involved residents as evidenced by tonight’s appointments. To the new appointees, I extend my congratulations and look forward to working and serving with you in the years to come. .

Happy New Year!