Minutes: December 20, 2018

Call to Order

The regular meeting of the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority (VTMUA) of the Township of Vernon was convened at 7:41 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018 in the Vernon Municipal Center, 21 Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey.

Statement of Compliance

Adequate notice of this meeting had been provided to the public and the press on February 15, 2018 and was posted on the bulletin board in the municipal building in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6.

Roll Call

Thomas BuchneyP
Edward SegerP
Edward SnookP
Kristin WheatonP
John PerryP
Paul Kearney Alt #1P
David McDermott Alt #2P

Roll Call of Professionals

Attorney Richard Wenner and Vernon Township CFO Donelle Bright DeCouto were also present.

1. Open the Meeting for Public Comments

Paul Kearney moved to open the meeting for public comment.
Edward Snook seconded the motion.
All were in favor.

2. Close the Meeting to the Public

Seeing no one come forward, Edward Seger moved to close the meeting to the public.
Paul Kearney seconded the motion.
All were in favor.

Recording Secretary Jessi Paladini told the commissioners that, as she had told them at the October meting, the recording equipment is not working properly. She said before tonight’s meeting, clerk Lauren Kirkman informed her the sound is not working, and she is not sure if the recording is picking up either. Ms. Paladini asked the chairman to announce for the record the names of the commissioners who make the first and second motions because she cannot hear them through the recording system.

3. Consent Agenda

Resolution 18-47: Authorizing the Payment of Bills for December 20, 2018

Kristin Wheaton moved to approve the payment of bills.
John Perry seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

4. Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting of October 18, 2018

Paul Kearney moved to approve the October 18, 2018 minutes.
Edward Seger seconded the motion

Discussion: None

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Edward Seger, Paul Kearney, Dave McDermott, and John Perry
Nays: None
Abstention: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, and Kristin Wheaton

Executive Session Minutes

John Perry called for a motion to remove from the table the executive session minutes.
Edward Seger moved to remove the minutes from the table.
Edward Snook seconded the motion.

Discussion: None

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

6. Approval of Executive Session Minutes

March 16, 2017

Edward Seger moved to approve the minutes.
Thomas Buchney seconded the motion.

Discussion: Commissioners questioned who would be eligible to vote on the minutes. The recording secretary said the commissioners have had the executive session minutes since last year, but so they would know who is eligible to vote on them tonight, she listed right on tonight’s agenda who was in attendance at each of those executive session minutes and which members are eligible to vote on them tonight.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, John Perry, and Paul Kearney
Nays: None
Abstain: Kristin Wheaton

May 18, 2017

Edward Snook moved to approve the minutes.
Edward Seger seconded the motion.

Discussion: Kristin Wheaton asked for her first name to be corrected from Kristen to Kristin.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

June 15, 2017

Edward Seger moved to approve the minutes.
Edward Snook seconded the motion.

Discussion: None

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, and Paul Kearney
Nays: None
Abstain: Kristin Wheaton and John Perry

August 17, 2017

Thomas Buchney moved to approve the minutes.
Edward Seger seconded the motion.

Discussion: None

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, John Perry and Paul Kearney
Nays: None
Abstain: Kristin Wheaton

January 18, 2018

Edward Seger moved to approve the minutes.
Kristin Wheaton seconded the motion.

Discussion: Kristin Wheaton asked for her first name to be corrected from Kristen to Kristin.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

February 15, 2018

Edward Seger moved to approve the minutes.
John Perry seconded the motion.

Discussion: None

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, John Perry, and Paul Kearney
Nays: None

August 16, 2018

Edward Seger moved to approve the minutes.
Edward Snook seconded the motion.

Discussion: None

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, John Perry, and Paul Kearney
Nays: None
Abstain: Thomas Buchney

Sept. 20, 2018

Edward Seger moved to approve the minutes.
Thomas Buchney seconded the motion.

Discussion: None

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, John Perry and Paul Kearney
Nays: None
Abstain: Edward Snook

7. Other Resolutions

Resolution 18-48: Ratification of Canceled Appropriations 2018 Budget

The total amount of appropriations canceled is $88,073.80.

Edward Seger made the motion to approve the resolution.
Thomas Buchney seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

8. Resolution 18-49: Ratification of 2018 Budget Transfer - Legal Fees

The transfer amount to cover anticipated expenses is $12,000.

Edward Seger made the motion to approve.
Kristin Wheaton seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

9. Resolution 18-50: 2018 Mileage Reimbursement for VTMUA Employees

CFO Donelle Bright DeCouto said her mileage reimbursement recommendation is in accordance with IRS regulations. Kristin Wheaton specified whether it was only for emergency callouts outside of normal business hours. After voting in the affirmative to approve the resolution, Kristin Wheaton said she wanted to change her vote to a no vote. After further discussion on the mileage reombrsement, the commissioners decided to table the resolution.

Edward Seger made the motion to table.
Kristin Wheaton seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

10. Correspondence

A. Letter dated 11/21/2018 from JCP&L

JCP&L paid the VTMUA $1,200 as full and final settlement of all losses for claim No. JLI-19729.

B. Letter of Resignation

Dated 11/30/2018 from Sean Canning thanking the VTUA for appointing him Qualified Purchasing Agent, but he said it was never his intention to take the position.

Edward Seger moved to receive and file the correspondence.
Edward Snook seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

11. Auditor’s Report

In 2019 there will be a $125 increase per EDU per user.

The current budget as presented reflects revenues and appropriations in the amount of $2,751,554.

Resolution 18-53 Budget Resolution for January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019

Edward Seger moved to approve the budget resolution.
Kristin Wheaton seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

Resolution 18-54: Budget Resolution

This resolution extends the date for approval of the 2019 budget, which was due on November 1, 2018. Due to the Mountain Creek bankruptcy, budget and appropriations numbers were not known at that time.

Edward Snook moved to approve the resolution.
John Perry seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

12. Attorney’s Report

Attorney Richard Wenner said he had repeated unsuccessful attempts in contacting the VFW attorney and would discuss the matter further in executive session.

13. Engineer’s Report

Attorney Richard Wenner reported there was one application for approval, the Smoke Shop, Block 148, Lot 12 at 317 Route 94. The EDU count for the 1,404 square foot retail store that sells music equipment is .75.

John Perry moved to approve the application.
Edward Seger seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

14. Executive Director’s Report

Executive Director John Scerbo was not present. Richard Wenner reported Mr. Scerbo’s operation was successful, and he thanked all of the well-wishers.

15. Commissioners’ Comments

Edward Snook asked where the VTMUA stood regarding the VFW Post #8441. Richard Wenner said the VFW’s time to appeal the judge’s ruling has expired. They cannot appeal it. Mr. Wenner said the VTMUA could now discuss raising the VFW’s EDU count.

Edward Seger said he thinks the negotiations with Mountain Creek are not perfect but they are a good step forward. Edward Snook said it was a light at the end of the tunnel. Commissioners agreed it was a good step forward.

16. Chairman’s Comments

None

Adjournment

Chairman John Perry asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Edward Seger moved to adjourn the meeting.
Edward Snook seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Edward Snook, Edward Seger, Kristin Wheaton, and John Perry
Nays: None

The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

The next meeting of the VTMUA will be on January 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Transcribed and submitted by Jessica Paladini
Vernon Township MUA Secretary