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ATLANTIC COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS
STILLWATER BUILDING
201 SHORE ROAD
NORTHFIELD, NEW JERSEY
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Minutes of Meeting
December 6, 2011

CALL TO ORDER

A Regular meeting of the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders was called to order by Chairman Frank D. Formica at 4 p.m., Standard Time, on the above mentioned date, at the Stillwater Building, 201 Shore Road, Northfield, New Jersey.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING
STATEMENT

Statement of Open Public Meeting Compliance:  Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chairman Formica announced that adequate notice of this meeting, as required by said Act, has been provided to The Press, the Mainland Journal, posted on the bulletin boards at 1333 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, the Stillwater Building, 201 Shore Road, Northfield and the County Clerk’s Office in Mays Landing.

PRAYER AND
FLAG SALUTE

The prayer was led by Freeholder Cooper followed by the flag salute led by Chairman Formica.

ROLL CALL

The following roll call was recorded:  PRESENT: Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica. ABSENT: None.

MINUTES OF MEETING
NOVEMBER 15, 2011

Freeholder Cooper moved and Freeholder Giordano seconded a motion to adopt and dispense with the reading of the November 15, 2011 minutes.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None.

PRESENTATION

Honoring Louise Hammell, advocate against drinking and driving.

MOTION

Freeholder Cooper moved and Freeholder Sutton seconded a motion to move Resolution No. 624 to first on the agenda.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 624
HONORING LOUISE HAMMELL, ADVOCATE AGAINST DRINKING AND DRIVING

Freeholder Giordano moved and Freeholder Sutton seconded a motion to adopt Resolution No. 624 to honor and congratulate Louise Hammell for her dedication to the cause of preventing drunk driving tragedies and saving lives.  (Sponsor:  Alisa Cooper.)

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

ORDINANCE NO. 17-2011
FINAL READING
AMENDING SECTION 20-12(A) OF THE ATLANTIC COUNTY CODE AS TO THE COUNTY ETHICS BOARD

Freeholder Schroeder moved and Freeholder Bertino seconded a motion to adopt on final reading Ordinance No. 17-2011 amending section 20-12(A) of the Atlantic County Code so as to provide additional time for the Atlantic County Ethics Board to render advisory opinions, changing the timeframe from 30 to 120 days after the Board receives a request for an opinion.

Chairman Formica opened the meeting to the public for their input on Ordinance No. 17-2011 at 4:15 p.m.  There being no comments, Freeholder Formica closed the public portion at 4:16 p.m.
The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO.  602A
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENTS WITH VARIOUS VETERINARIANS FOR THE ANIMAL SHELTER

Freeholder Cooper moved and Freeholder Bertino seconded a motion authorizing professional services agreements with Todd Werkmeister, DVM; Suzanna Brown, DVM of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital and Andrea Cermele, DVM, to provide veterinary services for the Animal Shelter for the period commencing January 1, 2012 and terminating December 31, 2012, for an aggregate amount for all veterinarians not to exceed $28,000.00.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None.

RESOLUTION NO. 603
RENEWAL BID CONTRACT WITH BERON JEWISH OLDER ADULT SERVICES (JOAS) FOR THE KOSHER NUTRITION SITE

Freeholder Sutton moved and Freeholder Cooper seconded a motion to authorize a renewal bid contract with Beron Jewish Older Adult Services (JOAS) to provide Kosher meals, site manager and janitorial services for the Kosher Nutrition Site commencing January 1, 2012 and terminating December 31, 2012, for an amount not to exceed $132,805.23. 

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None.

RESOLUTION NO. 604
COMPETITIVE CONTRACTS FOR TEEN EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM AND ATLANTIC HEDS CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.

Freeholder Giordano moved and Freeholder Bertino seconded a motion authorizing competitive contracts with Family Services Association and Youth Advocate Programs Inc., for the provision of Atlantic county Teen Employment Program and Atlantic HEDS Case Management Program through Innovations Grant Funding in an amount not to exceed $119,200.00

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None.

RESOLUTION NO. 605
RENEWAL AGREEMENT WITH ACACIA FINANCIAL GROUP, INC., FOR FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES

Freeholder Bertino moved and Freeholder Giordano seconded a motion authorizing a renewal agreement with ACACIA Financial Group, Inc., for financial advisory services for 2012 Bond sales for the period commencing January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2012, for an amount not to exceed $22,500.00.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 606
BID CONTRACT WITH BILLOWS ELECTRIC TO FURNISH AND DELIVER ELECTRIC SUPPLIES

Freeholder Sutton moved and Freeholder Giordano seconded a motion authorizing a bid contract with Billows Electric to furnish and deliver electric supplies for a two-year period commencing December 1, 2011, for an amount not to exceed $80,000.00.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 607
BID CONTRACT WITH GRANT SUPPLY CO. INC., TO FURNISH AND DELIVER PLUMBING SUPPLIES

Freeholder Giordano moved and Freeholder Bertino seconded a motion authorizing a bid contract with Grant Supply Co. Inc., to furnish and deliver plumbing supplies for a two-year period commencing December 1, 2011, for an amount not to exceed $60,000.00.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 608
BID CONTRACT WITH TEC ELEVATOR INC., TO PROVIDE ELEVATOR MAINTENANCE

Freeholder Sutton moved and Freeholder Bertino seconded a motion authorizing a bid contract with TEC Elevator Inc., to provide elevator maintenance to various County buildings for a three-year period commencing January 1, 2012, for an amount not to exceed $276,000.00.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 609
RENEWAL GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE DETENTION DIVERSION PROGRAM/CASE MANAGEMENT AND ADVOCACY

Freeholder Garrett moved and Freeholder Cooper seconded a motion authorizing a renewal grant application to the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission for the Detention Diversion Program/Case Management and Advocacy, for a period commencing January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012, for an amount not to exceed $37,132.00.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 610
GRANT ACCEPTANCE FOR A FFY11 HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM

Freeholder Cooper moved and Freeholder Sutton seconded a motion accepting a grant from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness for a FFY11 Homeland Security Program for the period commencing November 1, 2011 and ending August 31, 2014, for an amount not to exceed $506,503.28.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None.

RESOLUTION NO. 611
AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 319 (6/27/00) FOR FUNDING FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF ENGLISH CREEK BRIDGE (EH-21)

Freeholder Sutton moved and Freeholder Dase seconded a motion amending Resolution No. 319, adopted on June 27, 2000, and authorizing the County to submit an amended application to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for FY 2000 State Aid to Counties and local bridge rehabilitation funding, to include project construction, inspection and materials testing for the replacement of English Creek Bridge (EH-21), with the unused balance to be used for this project in an amount not to exceed $49,823.00.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 612
AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 348 (6/19/09) FOR FY 1999 BRIDGE BOND FUNDS

Freeholder Sutton moved and Freeholder Bertino seconded a motion amending Resolution No. 348, adopted on June 19, 2009, and authorizing the County to submit an amended application to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for FY ’99 Bridge Bond Funds, to extend the period commencing April 9, 2002 and ending December 31, 2012, and add replacement of English Creek Bridge

 

(EH-21) for construction, inspection and materials testing, with the unused balance to be used for this project in an amount not to exceed $1,718,095.00.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 613
GRANT ACCEPTANCE FOR 2011 PAUL COVERDELL FORENSIC SCIENCE IMPROVEMENT AWARD GRANT

Freeholder Giordano moved and Freeholder Cooper seconded a motion to accept a grant from the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of State Police, for 2011 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Award Grant Funds, in an amount not to exceed $88,239.58.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

MOTION TO COMBINE AND ADOPT RESOLUTION NOS. 614 TO 619

Freeholder Cooper moved and Freeholder Giordano seconded a motion to combine and adopt Resolution Nos. 614 to 619, Chapter 159’s.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION 614
CHAPTER 159

 

Insert into the budget funds from the State of New Jersey, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, under the caption  of Homeland Security FFY11, in the amount of $506,503.28.

RESOLUTION 615
CHAPTER 159

Insert into the budget funds from State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Highway Traffic Safety, under the of caption Highway Traffic Safety 11-12, in the amount of $45,033.00.

RESOLUTION 616
CHAPTER 159

Insert into the budget funds from State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Highway Traffic Safety, under the caption of Cares of Kids Program 11-12.

RESOLUTION 617
CHAPTER 159

Insert into the budget funds from New Jersey Transit, under the caption of CARTS 11-12, in the amount of $300,837.00.

RESOLUTION 618
CHAPTER

Insert into the budget funds from State of New Jersey, Department of Law and Public Safety, Juvenile Justice Commission, under the caption of JDAI Innovations 2012, in the amount of $125,200.00

RESOLUTION 619
CHAPTER 159

Insert into the budget funds from United States Department of Justice, under the caption of SCAAP 11, in the amount of $145,482.00.

RESOLUTION NO. 620
APPOINTMENT TO THE ATLANTIC COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION

Freeholder Schroeder moved and Freeholder Cooper seconded a motion to appoint Gabriel A. Staino to the Atlantic County Economic Development Advisory Commission for a term to expire on July 1, 2014.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 621
RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 3-2011 CHANGING THE LOCATION OF A REGULAR MEETING

Freeholder Sutton moved and Freeholder Cooper seconded a motion to amend Resolution No. 3, adopted on January 4, 2011, changing the location of a regular meeting and informing the newspapers.

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None. 

RESOLUTION NO. 622
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING AND CALLING UPON THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY TO TAKE ACTION ACCORDINGLY

Freeholder Sutton moved and Freeholder Dase seconded a motion supporting fair school funding and calling upon the Legislature of the State of New Jersey to fulfill its constitutionally assigned duty to distribute the state aid for education to the school districts in the State in a fair manner that is for the equal benefit of all the people of the State. (Sponsor Joseph McDevitt.)

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:  Bertino, Dase, Giordano, McDevitt, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  Cooper, Garrett, Schroeder.  ABSTENTIONS:  None.

RESOLUTION NO. 623
RESOLUTION HONORING THOSE INJURED OR KILLED IN PEARL HARBOR DECEMBER 7, 1941 BY FLYING FLAGS AT HALF STAFF

Freeholder Sutton moved and Freeholder Giordano seconded a motion honoring those injured or killed in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, by flying flags at half staff.  (Sponsor:  Frank Giordano.)

The above-mentioned motion was adopted by the following roll call:  AYES:   Bertino, Cooper, Dase, Garrett, Giordano, McDevitt, Schroeder, Sutton and Formica.  NAYS:  None.  ABSTENTIONS:  None.

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD

There were no reports of special committees of the Board.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

There was no unfinished business.

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

Written communications were received by this office for the period of November 23, 2011 to December 6, 2011.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Chairman Formica opened the meeting to the public at 4:53 p.m. 

Absecon Councilman Charles Irving spoke in favor of Resolution No. 622, distribution of state aid for education to the school districts in a fair manner.

Mark Hutchinson (Mays Landing resident) spoke in favor of Resolution No. 622 and asked several questions.

Bail Bondsman Jimmy Anderson of Absecon expressed concern about the County jail being inaccessible on weekends for bond activity.  He suggested having part-time weekend employees answer the phones.

Dennis Vaho (Liberty and Prosperity) spoke in favor of Resolution No. 622

Joseph Nickles of Mays Landing spoke in favor of Resolution No. 623.  He also spoke about a veteran issue pertinent to school presentations.

There were no further comments.  Chairman Formica closed the public portion at 5:14 p.m.

GOOD OF THE ORDER

There were no comments regarding the good of the order.

ADJOURNMENT

Chairman Formica entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Freeholder Cooper moved and Freeholder Sutton seconded a motion to adjourn the Freeholder meeting.  The motion was unanimously passed.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

 

 

                                                                       Submitted by,

 

                                                                        Sonya G. Harris
                                                                        Clerk to the Board