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REGULAR MEETING

APRIL 7, 2020

5:00 PM

A regular meeting of the North Wildwood City Council was held in the evening of the above date in the City Hall.   The President of Council stated, “The meeting is now open.   Adequate notice of this meeting has been provided by posting a copy of the notice of the time and place of this meeting on the City Clerk’s bulletin board and by mailing a copy of the same to The Herald, The Press and Wildwood Leader on January 8, 2020.”

 

City Clerk Jett stated:  As a result of guidance provided by Governor Murphy and the State of New Jersey, in an attempt to combat the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, the North Wildwood City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, 5:00 p.m., including the municipal budget adoption has been moved to Zoom.us, a Cyber/Teleconference Meeting Platform. Members of the public can join the meeting by computer, phone, or tablet/smartphone. Members of the public will also still be able voice their concerns, opinions, and questions during the public comment period, after stating their name and address once the public comment period has opened. Directions on how to log on to participate in this City Council meeting have been posted on the City’s website, posted on all doors of City Hall, including the door leading to Council Chambers, emailed to all parties that have requested the agenda in electronic format, and published in the Press of Atlantic City and the Cape May County Herald. 

 

ROLL CALL: Present electronically via the Cyber/Telephonic Meeting Platform ZOOM.US were Mayor Patrick Rosenello, Councilpersons Edwin Koehler, James Kane, David Del Conte, Kellyann Tolomeo and Joseph Rullo, Solicitor William Kaufmann, Engineer Ralph Petrella, Attorney Robert Beckelman and Auditor Leon Costello.  Present in Council Chambers were President of Council Salvatore Zampirri, Councilwoman Margaret Bishop and Administrator Ronald Simone.

MINUTES:   On a motion by Bishop, seconded by Tolomeo, that the minutes of the regular meeting of March 17, 2020 be approved as read.  Carried.

COMMUNICATIONS:

CAPE MAY COUNTY MOSQUITO COMMISSION

RE:                                                                                                      2020 Annual Mosquito Report

On a motion by Bishop, seconded by Rullo, that the above correspondence be received, accepted and filed.  Carried.

CLEAN OCEAN ACTION

RE:                                                                                                      Cancellation of 2020 Spring Beach Sweep

On a motion by Bishop, seconded by Rullo, that the above correspondence be received, accepted and filed.  Carried.

SPECIAL EVENT – CANCELLED

RE:                                                      Easter Son-Rise Service, April 12 

City Clerk Jett stated that this event has been cancelled since the State-wide restriction on gatherings of more than ten people has not been rescinded.

APPOINTMENTS:

 

BEACH PATROL:

Bill Ciavarelli                                     Captain                                                4/13/20

Bill Quinn                                           Lifeguard/Maintenance                      4/13/20

Steve Cassell                                       Lifeguard/Maintenance                      4/13/20

Rich Giandrea                                     Lifeguard/Maintenance                      4/13/20

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POLICE DEPARTMENT:

Andrew Perez                                     SLEO II                                              4/8/20

Christian Quaranta                              SLEO II                                              4/8/20

Victor Rossi III                                   SLEO II                                              4/8/20

Stephen Schanne                                SLEO II                                              4/8/20

Skye Hebert                                        SLEO I                                                4/8/20

Matthew McCrory                              Code Enforcement                              4/8/20

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT:

James McCorriston                             Laborer                                               4/2/20

John Gavin                                          Laborer                                               4/8/20

Stephen Natly                                     Laborer                                               4/8/20

Elsie McCloskey                                 Laborer                                               4/8/20

Scott Tilley                                         Laborer                                               4/8/20

Joe Graciano                                       Laborer                                               4/8/20

On a motion by Bishop, seconded by Kane, the above seasonal appointments be confirmed. Carried.

ORDINANCES:     

ORDINANCE NO. 1796 - On a motion by Rullo, seconded by Bishop, that Ordinance No. 1796 be placed on its second reading.  Carried.

The City Clerk read Ordinance No. 1796 by its title, as required by Law, known as “An Ordinance Revising Ordinance 1177, As Amended”.    

This Ordinance has been published according to Law, posted on the City Clerk’s bulletin board with copies available in the City Clerk’s Office on request.   

The President of Council stated this was the time and place to hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 1796 and asked if anyone present had any objections to the passage of this Ordinance.  Hearing none, he then asked the City Clerk if he had received any objections in writing, the City Clerk stated none, the President of Council declared the hearing closed.

On a motion by Bishop, seconded by Rullo, that Ordinance No. 1796 be passed on its second reading and published according to Law, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared Ordinance No. 1796 duly adopted.

ORDINANCE NO. 1800 - On a motion by Rullo, seconded by Bishop, that Ordinance No. 1800 be placed on its second reading.  Carried.

The City Clerk read Ordinance No. 1800 by its title, as required by Law, known as “Calendar Year 2020 Ordinance To Exceed The Municipal Budget Appropriation Limits And To Establish A Cap Bank (N.J.S.A. 40A: 4-45.14)”.    

This Ordinance has been published according to Law, posted on the City Clerk’s bulletin board with copies available in the City Clerk’s Office on request.   

The President of Council stated this was the time and place to hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 1800 and asked if anyone present had any objections to the passage of this Ordinance.  Hearing none, he then asked the City Clerk if he had received any objections in writing, the City Clerk stated none, the President of Council declared the hearing closed.

On a motion by Tolomeo, seconded by Del Conte, that Ordinance No. 1800 be passed on its second reading and published according to Law, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared Ordinance No. 1800 duly adopted.

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ORDINANCE NO. 1801 - On a motion by Rullo, seconded by Koehler, that Ordinance No. 1801 be placed on its second reading.  Carried.

The City Clerk read Ordinance No. 1801 by its title, as required by Law, known as “An Ordinance Supplementing Ordinance 626”.    

This Ordinance has been published according to Law, posted on the City Clerk’s bulletin board with copies available in the City Clerk’s Office on request.   

The President of Council stated this was the time and place to hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 1801 and asked if anyone present had any objections to the passage of this Ordinance.  Hearing none, he then asked the City Clerk if he had received any objections in writing, the City Clerk stated none, the President of Council declared the hearing closed.

On a motion by Bishop, seconded by Koehler, that Ordinance No. 1801 be passed on its second reading and published according to Law, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared Ordinance No. 1801 duly adopted.

ORDINANCE NO. 1802 - On a motion by Rullo, seconded by Kane, that Ordinance No. 1802 be placed on its second reading.  Carried.

The City Clerk read Ordinance No. 1802 by its title, as required by Law, known as “An Ordinance Amending Section 46-5a Of Ordinance 1196, As Presently Codified In Chapter 240, Fire Prevention, Article I, General Provisions, Of The Code Of The City Of North Wildwood”.   

This Ordinance has been published according to Law, posted on the City Clerk’s bulletin board with copies available in the City Clerk’s Office on request.   

The President of Council stated this was the time and place to hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 1802 and asked if anyone present had any objections to the passage of this Ordinance.  Hearing none, he then asked the City Clerk if he had received any objections in writing, the City Clerk stated none, the President of Council declared the hearing closed.

On a motion by Rullo, seconded by Kane, that Ordinance No. 1802 be passed on its second reading and published according to Law, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared Ordinance No. 1802 duly adopted.

ORDINANCE NO. 1803 - On a motion by Del Conte, seconded by Kane, that Ordinance No. 1803 be placed on its second reading.  Carried.

The City Clerk read Ordinance No. 1803 by its title, as required by Law, known as “An Ordinance Adopting AmendedRedevelopment Plan For Redevelopment Plan Previously Adopted Pursuant To Ordinance No. 1231”.    

This Ordinance has been published according to Law, posted on the City Clerk’s bulletin board with copies available in the City Clerk’s Office on request.   

The President of Council stated this was the time and place to hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 1803 and asked if anyone present had any objections to the passage of this Ordinance.  Hearing none, he then asked the City Clerk if he had received any objections in writing, the City Clerk stated none, the President of Council declared the hearing closed.

On a motion by Rullo, seconded by Koehler, that Ordinance No. 1803 be passed on its second reading and published according to Law, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared Ordinance No. 1803 duly adopted.

 

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ORDINANCE NO. 1804 - On a motion by Rullo, seconded by Del Conte, that Ordinance No. 1804 be placed on its second reading.  Carried.

The City Clerk read Ordinance No. 1804 by its title, as required by Law, known as “An Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of North Wildwood To Execute A First Amendment To Financial Agreement Between The City Of North City Of North Wildwood, New Jersey And Marina Bay Towers Urban Renewal, L.P. F/K/A St. Anne’s Urban Renewal, L.P., Pursuant To The Long Term Tax Exemption Law N.J.S.A. 40A-20-1 Et Seq. Dated August 30, 2002 And Assigned To Marina Bay Towers Urban Renewal II, L.P. On August 16, 2005”.   

This Ordinance has been published according to Law, posted on the City Clerk’s bulletin board with copies available in the City Clerk’s Office on request.   

The President of Council stated this was the time and place to hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 1804 and asked if anyone present had any objections to the passage of this Ordinance.  Hearing none, he then asked the City Clerk if he had received any objections in writing, the City Clerk stated none, the President of Council declared the hearing closed.

On a motion by Rullo, seconded by Kane, that Ordinance No. 1804 be passed on its second reading and published according to Law, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared Ordinance No. 1804 duly adopted.

ORDINANCE NO. 1805 - On a motion by Del Conte, seconded by Koehler, that Ordinance No. 1805 be placed on its second reading.  Carried.

The City Clerk read Ordinance No. 1805 by its title, as required by Law, known as “An Ordinance Adopting A New North Wildwood Marina Zoning District In A Two-City Block Area Of The BB Zone Encouraging The Rehabilitation Of The Marina Bay Towers Project And Restoration Of The Maximum Number Of Affordable Housing Units Determined By The Court In Connection With  Final Restructuring Plan For The Marina Bay Towers Affordable Senior Citizen Housing Provided By The Block 152 Lot 1 Site And The Public Purpose And Benefit Found By The Chancery Division And Affirmed By The Appellate Division In The Manufacturers And Traders Trust Co. V. Marina Bay Towers Urban Renewal, L.P. (Docket No. CPM-F-04999-14) In Restoring And Maximizing The Number Of Affordable Housing Units For Senior Citizens, As Well As The Resolution Of Long-Standing Litigation With Various Ownership Interests Which Resolution Is Designed To More Feasibly, Cost Effectively And Efficiently Facilitate Such Public Purpose And Benefit”.    

This Ordinance has been published according to Law, posted on the City Clerk’s bulletin board with copies available in the City Clerk’s Office on request.   

The President of Council stated this was the time and place to hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 1805 and asked if anyone present had any objections to the passage of this Ordinance.  Hearing none, he then asked the City Clerk if he had received any objections in writing, the City Clerk stated none, the President of Council declared the hearing closed.

On a motion by Del Conte, seconded by Rullo, that Ordinance No. 1805 be passed on its second reading and published according to Law, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared Ordinance No. 1805 duly adopted.

 

RESOLUTIONS:

# 112-20

RE:                                                                                                      Authorizing 2020 Municipal Budget Be Read By Title Only 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The above resolution was offered by Bishop, seconded by Rullo, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted.

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# 113-20

RE:                                                                                                      Self-Examination Of Budget 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The above resolution was offered by Tolomeo, seconded by Rullo, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

PUBLIC HEARING FOR 2020 MUNICIPAL BUDGET:

 

Auditor Leon Costello explained that the budget process began a number of months ago. The budget is almost a million dollars under the spending cap and more than 675,000 under the levy cap.  The surplus is more than $3,000,000.  This budget marks the second year of an effort to self-fund capital projects with an eye to reducing borrowing in the future.  The tax increase is 2.92 cents.  2.5 cents of that amount is for the self-funding capital plan; without that, the increase is less than half a penny. 

 

President of Council Zampirri stated that this is the time and place for the public hearing for the 2020 Municipal Budget.  

Upon hearing no comments from the public, the President of Council then asked the City Clerk if he had received any in writing with the answer none.  The President of Council then asked for a motion to close the public hearing.

On a motion by Koehler, seconded by Tolomeo, that the public hearing be closed. Carried.

RESOLUTIONS:

# 114-20

RE:                                                                                                     2020 Municipal Budget

                                                                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Rullo, seconded by Bishop, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

# 115-20

RE:                                                                                                      To Affirm The City Of North Wildwood’s Civil Rights Policy With Respect To All Officials, Appointees, Employees, Prospective Employees, Volunteers, Independent Contractors And Members Of The Public That Come Into Contact With Municipal Employees, Officials And Volunteers

The above resolution was offered by Rullo, seconded by Kane, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted.

# 116-20

RE:                                                                                                     Approving Certified Lists Of Individuals Qualifying For 2019 Length Of Service Program Credits

                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Kane, seconded by Rullo, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

# 117-20

RE:                                                                                                     Appointing Deputy Tax Collector

                                                                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Bishop, seconded by Rullo, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

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# 118-20

RE:                                                                                                     Refund For Overpayment Of Ambulance Fees

                                                                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Rullo, seconded by Del Conte, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

# 119-20

RE:                                                                                                     Tonnage Grant Application

                                                                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Kane, seconded by Rullo, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

# 120-20

RE:                                                                                                     Delaying Due Date For Mercantile License Fees And Extending Grace Period For Late Payments On Mercantile License Bills

                                                                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Rullo, seconded by Tolomeo, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

# 121-20

RE:                                                                                                     Further Extending Grace Period For Interest Payments On Sewer Bills

                                                                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Bishop, seconded by Kane, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

# 122-20

RE:                                                                                                     Awarding Lease Of A Municipally Owned Building At 2405 Boardwalk

                                                                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Kane, seconded by Rullo, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

# 123-20

RE:                                                                                                     Issuance of Amusement Game Licenses

                                                                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Rullo, seconded by Tolomeo, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

# 124-20

RE:                                                                                                     Implementing Beach, Boardwalk, Bike Path And Seawall Access Restrictions And Implementing Restrictions On Short-Term And Transient Rentals

CITY CLERK JETT read the resolution and MAYOR ROSENELLO provided further explanation regarding the restrictions implemented by the resolution:

 

WHEREAS, as a result of the on-going international Covid-19/Novel Coronavirus pandemic Governor Philip Murphy has declared that there exists in New Jersey a state of emergency and a state of public health emergency and, as a result, has issued a series of Executive Orders including, but not limited to, Executive Orders 107 and 108, both adopted on March 21, 2020; and

            WHEREAS, Executive Orders 107 and 108 implemented a variety of restrictions on the operation of various businesses and they implemented a variety of social distancing standards; and

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            WHEREAS, Executive Orders 107 and 108 also authorized the State Director of Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, to adopt administrative orders to supplement the executive orders; and

            WHEREAS, on March 24, 2020 the State Director of Emergency Management issued Administrative Order 2020-5 (“AO 2020-5”) which, in part, indicated that municipalities shall have the discretion to impose additional restrictions to their local beaches and boardwalks; and

WHEREAS, on April 4, 2020 the State Director of Emergency Management issued Administrative Order 2020-8 (“AO 2020-8”) which, in part, indicated that municipalities are permitted to impose restrictions on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences, or parts thereof, to accept new transient guests or short-term tenants after the effective date of AO 2020-8; and

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and Chief of Police continually are monitoring conditions in the City of North Wildwood and have consulted with officials in neighboring municipalities regarding conditions in those communities and, as a result of and in light of the current off-season police, fire and EMS staffing levels, have made recommendations to Council regarding short-term rentals and public access to the Beach, Boardwalk, Seawall and Bike-Path; and

WHEREAS, Council deems it to be in the best interests of the health, welfare and safety of the residents of the City of North Wildwood that the recommendations of the Mayor and Chief of Police be implemented.

      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Members of City Council of the City of North Wildwood, in the County of Cape May and State of New Jersey, as follows:

1)  All of the statements of the preamble are repeated and are incorporated herein by this reference thereto as though the same were set forth at length.

2)   As authorized by AO 2020-5, the public access restrictions to the North Wildwood Beach, Boardwalk, Bike-Path and Seawall, that more particularly are set forth on Exhibit “A” annexed hereto, be and they hereby are adopted and shall be implemented accordingly.

3)   As authorized by AO 2020-8, the restrictions on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences, or parts thereof, to accept new transient guests or short-term tenants that more particularly are set forth on Exhibit “A” annexed hereto be and they hereby are adopted and shall be implemented accordingly. 

4)   The Mayor and Chief of Police shall be, and they hereby are, authorized to take such measures as are necessary and appropriate to implement and enforce the provisions of this Resolution and violations of the restrictions that are set forth of Exhibit “A” annexed hereto may be enforced pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders, the Administrative Orders adopted thereunder and pursuant to New Jersey statutes including, but not limited to N.J.S.A. App. A:9-49 and -50.

                                                                                                            

The above resolution was offered by Bishop, seconded by Kane, the roll being called, all voting in the affirmative, the President of Council declared the resolution duly adopted. 

FINANCE/VOUCHER LIST:

 

On a motion by Tolomeo, seconded by Del Conte, authorizing payment of all approved vouchers.  Carried.  As per Resolution #10-20, all bills listed below be paid and warrants drawn by the proper officers for the stated amounts.

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Check #

Vendor Name

Net Amount

48352

FOLEY CAT                     

168,431.00

48353

ACTION UNIFORM CO.            

8.00

48354

ADVANCED ENVIRO SYSTEMS       

5,589.00

48355

AT & T                        

527.83

48356

GOLD MEDAL ENVIORMENTAL NJINC 

43,171.83

48357

BARBER CONSULTING SERVICES    

250.00

48358

B W STETSON LLC               

143.35

48359

CMC FIRE PREVENTION & PROTECT.

100.00

48360

CMC LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES  

500.00

48361

CHEMICAL EQUIPMENT LABS OF DE 

1,928.65

48362

CMC MUN CRT JUDGES' ASSOC     

75.00

48363

CMC MUN CRT ADM ASSOC         

200.00

48364

CAPRIONI PORTABLE TOILETS     

104.00

48365

CAPE PROFESSIONAL BILLING, INC

712.98

48366

COMCAST                       

395.00

48367

COMCAST                       

1,584.16

48368

DELL COMPUTER CORP.           

3,200.44

48368

DELL COMPUTER CORP.           

1,200.69

48369

FORD SCOTT & ASSOC., L.L.C.   

11,000.00

48370

JOHN J DOUGHERTY JR           

90.86

48371

IMPACT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS   

1,140.00

48372

LINCOLN NATIONAL LIFE INS CO  

31,650.74

48373

NJ DEPT OF COMM. AFFAIRS      

22,651.00

48373

NJ DEPT OF COMM. AFFAIRS      

4,871.00

48374

PARA PLUS INTERPRETER         

379.71

48375

R. J. WALSH ASSOCIATES, INC.  

4,333.00

48375

R. J. WALSH ASSOCIATES, INC.  

142,450.00

48376

SJ COURT ADM ASSOC            

90.00

48377

THE SUN BY THE SEA            

76.00

48378

SOUTH JERSEY INTERPRETERS     

275.00

48379

TREE SURGEON 89 LLC           

800.00

48380

VERIZON WIRELESS              

950.25

48381

VERIZON                       

14.36

48382

VISUAL COMPUTER SOLUTIONS, INC

3,128.80

48383

THE DEWEESE LAW FIRM          

121.50

48384

THOMAS VANDERSLICE            

6.57

48385

WITMER ASSOCIATES INC         

5,070.00

48386

WB MASON CO INC               

657.66

48387

WILDWOOD BUSINESS IMPR. DIST. 

500.00

48388

WILD HARBOR TRI CLUB          

250.00

48389

XEROX CORPORATION             

786.92

48390

ANDREW HACKETT                

413.00

48391

MICHAEL J BROWN SR            

130.00

48392

BARBARA GEVAUDAN              

35.00

48393

Christopher Gonzalez          

400.00

48394

CHRISTOPHER COLLETT           

113.00

48395

CHARLES KLINK                 

13.00

48396

CHARLES RANTZ JR              

213.00

48397

DAVE GREENLAND                

13.00

48398

DELAWARE COUNTY JANITORIAL INC

9,557.32

48399

ROBERT DAVIS                  

413.00

48400

DILLON J MOLE                 

413.00

48401

ENVIROMENTAL & TECHNICAL SERV 

3,600.00

48402

FOLEY CAT                     

127,966.10

48403

FRANCIS G NOLAN               

413.00

48404

DOUGLAS B FORD                

413.00

48405

GEORGE YOUNG                  

17.00

48406

GEORGE J KAROLYI              

413.00

48407

CASEY R HUNT                  

13.00

48408

JAMES E MCGINTY               

400.00

48409

JOHN AUGUSTINO                

400.00

48410

DAVID LINDSAY                 

113.00

48411

LESLIE CLINE                  

413.00

48412

MICHAEL J BROWN III           

413.00

48413

MATTHEW J MCCRORY JR          

413.00

48414

BRIAN MCDOWELL                

413.00

48415

NORTH WILDWOOD BD OF EDUCATION

607,439.41

48416

PAUL AMENHAUSER               

464.00

48416

PAUL AMENHAUSER               

464.00

48417

ROBERT G HANCOCK              

413.00

48418

JUSTIN ROBINSON               

56.51

48419

RICHARD DAVIS                 

413.00

48420

ROY BURNHAM                   

413.00

48421

RYAN LEWANDOWSKI              

325.00

48422

RICHARD A REDMER JR           

13.00

48423

RICHARD D CREAN               

413.00

48424

RODMAN MEYER                  

413.00

48425

ROBERT A MATTEUCCI            

413.00

48426

THOMAS L HURDEN               

413.00

48427

THOMAS A DRUMM                

413.00

48428

WILLIAMS SCOTSMAN, INC        

0

48429

WILLIAM FARR                  

413.00

48430

WILLIAM F GREEN               

400.00

48431

WILLIAMS SCOTSMAN, INC        

4,284.54

 

COUNCIL:

 

COUNCILWOMAN TOLOMEO thanked the Mayor and all City employees for their hard work during this difficult time.

COUNCILMAN RULLO and COUNCILMAN KANE encouraged all to follow the suggested guidelines for social distancing and we will all get through this crisis.

COUNCILMAN DEL CONTE expressed hope that all will remain safe and healthy.

COUNCILMAN KOEHLER wished all a Happy Easter this weekend.

COUNCILWOMAN BISHOP stated that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – please be careful and stay safe.

ENGINEER PETRELLA and SOLICITOR KAUFMANN encouraged all to stay safe and healthy.

MAYOR ROSENELLO reminded all that sewer bill and mercantile bill grace periods have been extended until June 30.  CFO Burkey has indicated that at present the State has not authorized extension of the grace period for May 1 property tax bills.  The City’s financial position allows us to extend these grace periods – some municipalities are not so lucky.  Much credit is due to Leon Costello for his hard work and guidance in getting the City into such a good financial position.  Short-term rentals have been banned until May 1.  We are working with officials in the City of Wildwood to possibly relax some zoning regulations regarding outdoor seating for restaurants, allowing them greater flexibility during these times of social distancing rules.  The City’s seasonal employees are getting ready to work and the current beach sand back pass project with Wildwood is the biggest project yet.  Administrator Simone has been very busy and proactive.  This truly is a difficult time but we will work through it, such as Council Meetings now being held in this electronic format to allow public access even though we cannot all be here in person. 

 

 

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PUBLIC:  

DEB MOORE, 101 W. Spruce Avenue, thanked Mayor Rosenello and all City employees for staying calm, cool and collected during this crisis.  Are there restrictions on non-year-round residents coming to the island?

MAYOR ROSENELLO stated that the Governor’s office has made it perfectly clear that local officials have no authority to close the bridges or otherwise restrict access to the island by non-year-round residents.  On another note, since the Easter Son-Rise Service has been cancelled, Deb Moore has something else planned to maintain the spirit of the occasion.  

DEB MOORE stated that there will be a live-stream event on Easter morning at sunrise. This is the most revered holiday of our Christian faith and we are planning an Easter message through several media sites.  Blessed Easter to all.  

ADJOURNMENT:

On a motion by Bishop, seconded by Rullo, that there being no further business before Council, we do now adjourn.  Carried.  5:58 PM.

APPROVED:

 

 

_________________________________

Patrick T. Rosenello, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

 

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W. Scott Jett, City Clerk

 

This is a generalization of the meeting of April 7, 2020 and not a verbatim transcript.