Mount Olive Township Council Minutes
November 28, 2000

The Regular meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council was called to Order at 7:30 pm by Councilman Ron Heymann with the Pledge of Allegiance. I saw Mr. Sohl sneaking in to take away my job.

According to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate Notice of this meeting has been given to the Mount Olive Chronicle and the Morristown Daily Record. Notice has been posted at the entrance of the Municipal Building, 204 Flanders-Drakestown Road, Mt. Olive, New Jersey, and notices were sent to those requesting the same.

ROLL CALL: Present: Mr. Heymann, Mr. Guenther, Mr. Scapicchio, Mr. Spino, President Sohl

Absent: Mr. Rattner, Mrs. Kelly

President Sohl: For the Record, Mrs. Kelly called earlier today and is ill, and Mr. Rattner had a family matter that came up. I would also like to acknowledge the attendance of the Mayor, Paul Licitra; the Business Administrator, Sandy Kaplan; the Township Attorney, John Dorsey; Township Clerk, Lisa Lashway. We also have with us this evening Judy Beecher, Florham Park Borough Clerk who will swear in Lt. Beecher.


Mayor Licitra: I have a very pleasant duty tonight. Before the Chief gets up and says a couple of words, I would like to say a couple of words about Steve Beecher–or shall I say Lieutenant Beecher. Steve is married to Margaret Pittaluga. They have two sons, Zachary age 9; and Trevor age 6. Welcome, Zachary and Trevor. And they live in Randolph. Steve’s father, who is here tonight, is a former law enforcement Sergeant who retired after 29 years of service. Steve’s mother is a Township Clerk in Florham Park and will be swearing him in this evening. You also have the pleasure of working with one of my favorite Mayors in this whole wide world. Steve is a tobacco farmer, and he invented the Internet, by the way. I just told the Chief when he gave me this–“I thought Al Gore did that.” Prior to working with the Mt. Olive Police Department, Steve was a Social Worker for the Division of Youth and Family Services. Steve has also worked as a Counselor for the Morris County Youth Center. Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Services from Lebanon Valley College. Steve began his service with Mt. Olive in 1987, and in 1995 was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned Patrol Division. In 1999, Steve was moved to Sergeant, Administrative Division. Effective this evening, Steve will assume the duties as Commander of Support Services Division. Steve, before I turn this portion over to your Chief, I would like to welcome you into the ranks of Lieutenant in Mt. Olive. The Chief is going to say a couple of kind words. But, I think this is nice when we do this for promotion in front of the Council members. I think it’s important that they see the type of quality that we have on our police force and see it first hand. I welcome you in your new position. I know you’ve earned it, and I will turn this over to the Chief to give you the badge and say another couple of nice words about you.

Chief Katona: Thank you Mayor. “Another couple of nice words.” No–tonight is a culmination of a rather grueling selection process. We do have an excellent cadre of Officers. We have a very excellent group of Sergeants from which Steve is leaving and is joining our ranks as a Lieutenant. The process was grueling, I’m sure it was trying on the family—was it guys? Was he really mad at times? Very good. But, within the course of about five days, the Officers that participated in this process were subjected to a three hour written examination; followed two days later by probably an hour interview before the sitting Lieutenants, and followed two days after that by an interview with me and another Chief. So, within about five or six days there was a lot of pressure, a lot of stress, and all of the candidates performed extremely well. This process, I think, is excellent. I think it works, and it ensures that we are going to have the leadership to bring this agency forward in the future. And, I’m very glad and pleased to present Steve Beecher for promotion here this evening. Steve, thank you. Thunderous Applause.

Swearing in of Lt. Stephen Beecher - Judy Beecher, Florham Park Borough Clerk

Mrs. Judy Beecher, Florham Park Borough Clerk: Raise your right hand and repeat after me. I, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Lieutenant of the Mt. Olive Township Police Department, according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

Officer Beecher: I, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to same and to the Governments established in the United States and in this State, under the Authority of the people; and that I will faithfully, impartially and justly perform all the duties of the office of Lieutenant of the Mt. Olive Township Police Department, according to the best of my ability, so help me God.

Mrs. Beecher: Congratulations.

Lieutenant Beecher: Thank you.

President Sohl: Congratulations.

Lieutenant Beecher: Thank you very much.

Presentation - David Romanchick

Mayor Licitra: I have one other item. I received a letter a couple of months ago and I would like to read it to you. It’s something that I think we should be very proud of in Mt. Olive. It’s something that David (Romanchick) should be very proud of because it was a Countrywide Contest that he came in Second Place on a Toastmasters Conference. I just want to read very quickly his letter–and I have a Certificate of Achievement for one of our Citizens in Mt. Olive that attained this Second Place Award in Toastmasters International. David writes to me: “Dear Mayor Licitra: I’m writing to you to volunteer my services to the Township and to the School System of Mt. Olive...” So, already, we’re appreciative. Get his name. “Recently, I was named the Second Place winner in Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking. Toastmasters International is non-profit educational organization that teaches Public Speaking and Communication Skills to its members to a worldwide network of clubs. The Organization currently has approximately 175,000 members and 8700 clubs in 70 countries. Each Spring, 10,000 members begin competing for the Title World Champion of Public Speaking. Speakers go through a process of participating in Club Area Division, District, and Regional Contests. By August, the 10,000 have been reduced to Nine. This year, I was fortunate to be one of the nine competing in Miami Beach for the Championship. As you can see, from the enclosed speakers resume, I am experienced in speaking in front of groups ranging from 10,000 to 1,400 people...” You don’t have to worry about that in Mt. Olive, we don’t have 1,400–we don’t have a place to put them, first of all. “I have given presentations to both Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters audiences and I have developed a one-hour presentation Titled, ‘Does it have a Good Beat, and is it Easy to Dance to?’ which I use to teach the fundamentals of Public Speaking. I have given this presentation to groups where I work, AT&T, and many people have found it beneficial in improving their communication skills. I feel this presentation would be especially useful for High School students who are interested in learning the basics of Public Speaking and Presentation skills. I have enclosed a Press Release, on Toastmasters and the World Championships of Public Speaking. Please feel free to call me regarding references, or further information. Sincerely, David Romanchick.” David, I want to present this Certificate of Achievement in honor of Outstanding Significant Achievement at the International World Championships of Public Speaking. This Award is presented to yourself, on the 28th Day of November, 2000, by the Mayor and Council of Mt. Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey. Thank you.

Mr. Romanchick: I really didn’t expect this. I want to thank you all for it, and I want to volunteer my services. I already volunteered my services to the school, and I look forward to hearing from you in the future. Thank you.

President Sohl: Thank you.


Mr. Dorsey: No reports this evening.


- November 21, 2000 Closed Session (Present: Mr. Heymann, Mr. Guenther, Mr. Scapicchio, Mr. Rattner, Mr. Sohl Absent: Mr. Spino, Mrs. Kelly)

Mr. Heymann moved for approval of the Minutes and Mr. Guenther seconded the Motion.

ROLL CALL: All in favor, none opposed.


Resolutions, Ordinances, Correspondence from other Towns

1. Resolution received November 20, 2000, from the Township of Roxbury supporting A-126 Bank Surplus in the Annual Snow Removal Budget.

2. Resolution received November 20, 2000 from the Township of Randolph supporting A-125 Bank surplus snow removal funds.

Correspondence from Legislative Representatives

3. Letter received November 20, 2000 from Senator Donald T. DiFrancesco RE: Township Letter of concern to Verizon to change basic service rates.

Correspondence from Organizations/Committees/Boards

4. Letter received November 20, 2000 from NJ DCA, Office of State Planning RE: New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan - Draft Final Plan and Public Hearings schedule.

Land Use/Development Matters

5. Letter received November 21, 2000 from Fletcher Engineering, Inc. RE: Application for a Major Stream Encroachment Permit B 7702; Lots 16, 26, 27 & 28. (Rose Manor Estates)

President Sohl stated we had received five pieces of correspondence and asked Council if there were any comments on same.




Resolutions on the Consent Agenda List are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Township Council and will be approved by one motion (one vote). There will be no separate discussion or debate on each of these resolutions except for the possibility of brief clarifying statements which may be offered. If one or more Council member requests, any individual resolution on the Consent Agenda may be removed from the Consent Agenda List and acted on separately.

Mr. Dorsey: I would just like to point out, in connection to Paragon Village–that’s Resolution #7, they did agree to the language that we requested with regard to COAH. Mr. Larry Paragano is here this evening. They have a deadline of Thursday to get the signed Agreements.

Mayor Licitra: It’s okay with you, Mr. Dorsey?

Mr. Dorsey: It’s good once the Resolution is passed.

President Sohl: All right. We’ll leave all the Resolutions on the Consent Agenda. I open the Meeting to the Public.

Mr. Bonte: On #2. Do we have a map that we could look at after this meeting of what these by-passes are?

Mr. McGroarty: I have one–not with me–

Mayor Licitra: We started this process three years ago. I don’t know if there has ever been a map given to us other than the one we originally got when they first discussed this.

President Sohl: If you’re going up the hill–it kind of goes by the A&P–

Mayor Licitra: There is one in the Municipal Building–

Mr. Bonte: I got the impression–and I’m not passing comment on this, I’m just curious. I know there has been talk for a long time of a by-pass from behind Peachtree Village to by where the chicken place is. I got the impression from this Resolution that they’re talking about another–

Mr. Guenther: Let me clarify–because of my business, that was the original plan, behind the Peachtree Village in that wide road they put in on the other side of the A&P was contemplated. The problem is, Washington Township would have to give up some farmland on the other side. Washington Township being so into Farmland Preservation, etc., would not approve that by-pass. That’s the way Hackettstown originally wanted it. So, what Hackettstown had to do as an alternative was the expansion of East Avenue–that’s what this is. I, personally don’t see how it’s going to work. They have to knock down some buildings, it’s going to infringe on some of the space of Peachtree Village and the cemetery on the other side. I don’t think it really does the job of alleviating the problem of congestion on Mountain Avenue.

Mr. Bonte: That’s right. I agree with you, Bernie. A wider East Avenue will solve nothing. It still has to go down–

Mr. Guenther: Hackettstown had no choice because Washington Township opposed it.

Mr. Bonte: So what is this--I guess my question is, what is this actually for, then?

Mr. Spino: I would–having the opinion that I guess most of my colleagues did, this was the one we saw a drawing of in the paper a year or two ago. Rather than vote on this tonight, I would like to see us take it off and get a map to make sure we know what we’re talking about.

President Sohl: Is everybody in favor of taking Resolution #2 off? All right, it’s off.

Mr. Bonte: That was not my intent–

President Sohl: I know, that’s fine.

Mr. Bonte: On #3, can we–and I don’t know that it has to be on this Resolution, but as part of the process of having the professional engineers look at this traffic light, can it be specifically requested that as part of this analysis that they look into, were this to be recommended, and become a reality, that it be worked out that timing of this light be coordinated with Mt. Olive Road, and–I guess it’s Woodland–to minimize the impact on Route 46 Traffic. Otherwise, I don’t have any opinion on the light itself. If it’s needed, it’s needed. And, finally, on #7–how many units to they plan on building? Does anybody know?

Mr. Paragano: I believe the Assisted Living was in the 60 range INAUDIBLE

Mr. Bonte: So a total of 150 units? And approximately how many occupants per unit?

Mr. Paragano: I believe 180.

Mr. Bonte: And what is the approximate payment per unit to the Township?

Mr. Dorsey: It’s not payment per unit, it’s payment after the first year or two that is based upon the total revenues. This project is going to be financed by the HMFA. HMFA has specific legislation which permits such units to be exempt from normal taxation and to permit an other–“in lieu of tax arrangement.” Paragon Village has agreed to the maximum in terms of payments to be made under the HMFA Legislation and regulation. It works out to about–I think it’s 6.25% of their revenues. As their revenues go up, and as the rates increase because of inflation and otherwise, the Township’s take, the Township’s in lieu of payments will increase. And, under the agreement, for instance, there’s a certain run up period, but, the arrangement runs for a total of 30 years. The fifth year, it’s at least $100,000 or greater based upon the percentage, which is 6.28% of total revenues. By the 25th year, it’s $200,000, or the greater of 6.28% in terms of revenues.

Mr. Bonte: Will we be providing sanitation/recycling services to this facility?

Mr. Dorsey: No. This is a commercial facility, so we do not provide that service. They’ll have their own private hauler.

Mr. Bonte: Senior Transportation?

Mr. Dorsey: I don’t know that they’ll request that.

Mr. Bonte: So, basically, the services that are provided by the Town are expected to be minimum.

Mr. Dorsey: That’s why it leads to this arrangement. The Township alone receives the payment on the theory that they do not contribute to the school population. That’s why there’s this very special arrangement for this type of facility.

Mr. Bonte: That’ $100,000 a year–is that based on 100% occupancy.

Mr. Dorsey: You want to look at the schedule?

Mr. Bonte: No, I just wanted to ask a few questions–

Mr. Dorsey: I don’t know how to answer that–the answer is “No.” It’s a minimum. The $100,000 on the fifth year is a minimum.

Mr. Bonte: That’s the minimum payment they’ll make regardless of occupancy? Okay.

Mr. Dorsey: It says 6.28% project revenues, or $100,000 whichever is greater. So the $100,000 becomes the floor, or it could be a great deal more.

Mr. Bonte: And then it’s 20 - 25 years–is that when it runs out?

Mr. Dorsey: The answer is, every five years, approximately, it jumps up $25,000. So it goes, $100,000; $125,000; $150,000; $175,000; $200,000.

Mr. Bonte: All right, that’s all I wanted to know.

President Sohl: Is there anyone else from the Public who would like to address the Consent Resolutions?

Mayor Licitra: I just have a quick question, Mr. Paragano, do you have a waiting list on this?

Mr. Paragano: No.

Mayor Licitra: I heard that there was already a waiting list.

Mr. Paragano: No.

Mayor Licitra: Okay.

1. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Release of Performance Guarantees Posted by Meadows at Mount Olive.

3. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Authorizing the Issuance of an Extension to the Professional Services Contract with Schoor DePalma to Specifically Cover Traffic Analysis for the Feasibility of the Installation of a Traffic Signal at the Intersection of Connelly Avenue and Route 46.

4. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Canceling the Previously Scheduled Public Meeting/Workshop Session of December 12, 2000 and Establishing a Special Council Public Meeting on Thursday, December 28, 2000, for the Purpose of Acting on Year End Financial Matters.

5. A Resolution Authorizing a Change Order to the Contract with Concrete Masters, Inc. for Wolfe Rd.,/Flanders-Drakestown Rd. SideWalk Improvements.

6. A Resolution Authorizing a Change Order to the Contract with AWT Environmental Services for Soil Remediation Services at Turkey Brook Park.

7. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Approving an Agreement for Payment in Lieu of Taxes Between Paragon Village, LLC and the Township of Mount Olive for 425 Route 46, Block No. 8400 Lot No. 9 on the Tax Map of the Township of Mount Olive

8. Resolution of the Township Council of the Township of Mount Olive Awarding a Contract to Olympvs International AG in the Sum of $500,571.

Mr. Guenther moved for approval of the Consent Resolutions #1, and #3 - #8, and Mr. Heymann seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously


1. Bill List. - ATTACHED

Mr. Scapicchio moved for approval of the Bills and Mr. Heymann seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously

2. Approval of Bingo Application #968 for St. Jude Church.

3. Appointment of Jim Nolan to the Open Space Committee.

Mr. Spino moved for approval of the Motions and Mr. Scapicchio seconded the motion.

ROLL CALL: Passed unanimously


Library Board Liaison Report

Mr. Sohl: The Library had a planning session. It was held on a Friday or Saturday, and quite a bit of time and effort were put in by a lot of dedicated people. One of the things I did get was a list of the make-up of that Committee, and I provided that to everybody in you mailbox.

Mayor Licitra: I would just like to report–the Governor wrote a letter to myself to inform us that we’ve been approved for allotment of Fiscal Year 2001 from the Transportation Trust Fund, Municipal Aid Program for Cory Road resurfacing in the amount of $175,000. So that helps out. We’re very lucky in this list. I guess it’s because we’ve been pestering them. It has to do with Kathy (Murphy) and probably Chuck (McGroarty) and finding out what’s happening. So, I’m very pleased with this.

President Sohl: Good news, indeed.


President Sohl: Is there anyone from the Public who would like to address the Council on this matter? If not, I close the meeting to the Public.


President Sohl: We will adjourn this meeting and go directly to a workshop meeting.

Motion made for adjournment. All in Favor, None Opposed. The Meeting was adjourned 7:56pm.


William H. Sohl

Council President

I, LISA M. LASHWAY, Township Clerk of the Township of Mount Olive do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes is a true and correct copy of the Minutes approved at a legally convened meeting of the Mount Olive Township Council duly held on December 19, 2000.



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