Minutes: September 19, 2011

The regular meeting of the Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) of the Township of Vernon was convened at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2011 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 August 4, 2011, 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.

Salute to the Flag

Mr. Rolando led the assemblage in the salute to the flag.

Roll Call of Members

Thomas Buchney (arrived 7:05 p.m.)
Gloria Frato-Gallo
Vincent Zinno, Vice Chairman
Ed Rolando, Chairman

Also in Attendance

Mayor Vic Marotta
John Ursin, Esq., MUA Attorney
Aida Cahill, MUA Secretary

Minutes for Approval

Minutes of the regular meeting of September 8, 2011

The minutes of September 8, 2011 were tabled until the next meeting to allow additional time for review.

Rules and Regulations

The proposed Rules and Regulations of the Vernon Township Municipal Utilities Authority were reviewed by the commissioners, along with John Ursin, Esq., MUA attorney. Mr. Ursin explained that he would have edits ready for review at the next MUA meeting. Mr. Ursin further explained that when all the edits were completed, a final version would be ready for a vote. It was noted that amendments to the Rules and Regulations would be permitted at any time in the future.

Notable Points Discussed

Organization of the MUA
Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, each serving a one year term.

Public Comment
Limit of 5 minutes per speaker
Meetings ending no later than 10:30 p.m.

Fiscal Year
July 1st to June 30th

Disqualification of Commissioner
Mayor Marotta sought clarification that this section did not refer to a broad blanket that would prohibit anyone on the sewer system from participating on the Authority.

Property Owner Responsibility; Use of public sewers
Dividing line of responsibility between the MUA and the individual property owner at the curb box or property line.

Discharge Restrictions
Restrictions on discharge of storm water, runoff, and swimming pool water, as well as harmful chemicals into any sanitary sewer.
Tracking of violations
Special arrangements between a user and MUA.

Transfer of property
Inspection of sewer lines at time of property transfer
Which official to perform inspection.

Water Metering for High Volume Users

Connection Permits
Based on plumbing infrastructure.
Decision will be based on the need to be competitive with other towns, as wells as recouping money for the sewer system.

Connection Fee
Due and payable at the time the property owner applies for the building permit to connect to the system.
Negotiate connection fee on a case by case basis, when appropriate.

Mandatory Connection
Timing requirement to connect.
Suggestion for 180 day limit for mandatory connection.
Mayor Marotta noted concern regarding delay of revenue stream.

Construction Requirements
Mr. Buchney questioned slope requirements and backup issues.
Mayor Marotta expressed the need for public to be informed of all requirements before inspections, so as not to inconvenience them.
Mr. Rolando suggested that users submit plans for existing commercial or new use review.
Mr. Ursin will look at township ordinances in reference to road restoration.

Bonds Required
Insurance for personal injury and property damage of $1 million to $3 million.
Posting of a $15,000 surety performance bond with release in 3 months.
Posting of a $10,000 cash bond with release in 3 months.
Specific time limits for restoration work to be completed before MUA may access the bond, in response to a township notice.

Sewer Fees
Tax Collectors office will be used to collect fees.
Offsetting of payment for sewer fees by one month from regular tax collection.
Penalties for late and non-payment of fees to be late fees and tax lien.

To be determined per EDU

Sewer Allocation Permit
Engineer makes recommendation.
VTMUA approves permit.
Time limit on Allocation Permit of one year, to avoid non performing allocation.
After one year an annual user charge begins or permit revoked—commercial use
Re-purchase of allocation under certain circumstances

Non-compliance with all the rules and regulations

Mr. Ursin suggested that the auditor and engineer attend the next meeting to review the Rules and Regulations. Mr. Ursin stated that the auditor had a conflict for the next scheduled MUA meeting on October 6, 2011.

Mayor Marotta explained that a delay would cause problems with bonding and closing with United Water before the end of this year.

Motion to reschedule October 6, 2011 meeting for September 28, 2011.

Moved: Thomas Buchney
Second: Gloria Frato-Gallo

Roll call:
Ayes: Thomas Buchney, Gloria Frato-Gallo, Vincent Zinno, Ed Rolando
Nays: None
Rescheduling of next MUA meeting was approved.

Open to Public Comments

There being no one in the audience, Mr. Rolando closed the meeting to public comments.

Closed to Public Comments

MUA Discussion

Mr. Buchney questioned provisions for selling to outside carriers. Mr. Ursin explained that the MUA has the authority to sell to other sewer service areas in other towns, however, not to public carriers.


There being no further items of business to be conducted on the agenda, a motion for adjournment was made by Vincent Zinno; motion seconded by Thomas Buchney with all members voting in favor.

The regular meeting of September 19, 2011, of the Municipal Utilities Authority of the Township of Vernon was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Aida Cahill
MUA Secretary

Minutes approved: September 29, 2011