Department Heads to Discuss Budget Requests With Township Council Tonight
Lawrence Township Council will meet today, Tuesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting's agenda and the township manager's traditional pre-meeting memo are presented here for review.
The next meeting of Lawrence Township Council will take place today, Tuesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building at 2207 Lawrence Rd. (Route 206).
According to those documents, discussion of the 2013 municipal budget will take place, with the respective heads of the township’s health, public works and recreation departments scheduled to make budget request presentations to council.
Council is also expected to make an appointment to fill the vacancy on the Zoning Board of Adjustment that was created when zoning board chairman Stephen Brame was appointed at the Jan. 22 council meeting to fill a vacant council seat.
An ordinance amending the township administrative code concerning recreation fees is scheduled for introduction, a bid will be awarded to All Surface Asphalt Paving for various concrete and drainage improvements, and 18 resolutions may be acted upon, according to the agenda.
For the convenience of readers, the contents of the meeting agenda are reproduced below:
Lawrence Township Council
- Lawrence Township Municipal Building
- Council Meeting Room – Upper Level
- Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
- 6:30 P.M.
1. Mayor's Welcome and Roll Call
Statement Of Proper Notice: "Adequate notice of this meeting of the Lawrence Township Council being held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, has been provided through the posting of the annual meeting schedule of said Council in accordance with Section 13 of the Open Public Meetings Act."
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call
4. Special Proclamations, Recognitions and Presentations
A. Department Budget Presentations:
- Health Department
- Review of Health Department Annual Report
- Public Works Department
- Recreation Department
5. Public Participation (5-minute limitation per speaker)
6. Review and Revision of the Agenda
Appointment to Fill the Unexpired Term on the Zoning Board of Adjustment
7. Adoption of Minutes of Previous Meetings
A. Regular Meeting – May 15, 2012
B. Special Meeting – May 23, 2012
C. Closed Session – October 2, 2012
D. Closed Session – November 8, 2012
E. Closed Session – December 4, 2012
8. Awarding and/or Rejecting of Bids (with public participation)
A. Authorizing the Awarding of Bid to All Surface Asphalt Paving, Inc. for the Miscellaneous Drainage & Concrete Improvements Project
9. Introduction of Ordinances
A. An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 2139-12 Entitled An Ordinance Amending Chapter 6a, ‘Fees: The Consolidated License, Permit And Fee Chapter’ Of The Lawrence Township Administrative Code – Recreation Fees
10. Adoption of Ordinances (with public participation)
11. Manager's Report
A. Discussion of the 2013 Municipal Budget
12. Attorney's Report
13. Clerk's Report
14. Old Business
15. New Business
16. Public Participation (3-minute limitation per speaker)
A. Authorizing an Increase for ADP, Inc. Contract for 2012
B. Authorizing the Appointment of Two Additional School Traffic Guards for the 2013 School Year
C. Authorizing the Sale of Township-Owned Property to Abutting Property Owners
D. Authorizing the Refund of Tax Overpayments
E. Authorizing the Partial Closing of Fieldboro Drive for a Neighborhood Block Party
F. Authorizing a Shared Services Agreement with the County of Mercer to Implement Drug and Alcohol Prevention Activities
G. Authorizing the Support of Sustainable State Funding for Preservation and Stewardship of Open Space, Parks, Farmland and Historic Sites in New Jersey
H. Authorizing Recreation Fee Refunds
I. Authorizing Refund of Unused Special Police Duty Funds
J. Authorizing an Appointment to the Growth and Redevelopment Advisory Committee
K. Authorizing Amending the Professional Services Agreement for the Planning Consultant to the Planning Board
L. Authorizing Amending the Professional Services Agreement for the Special Counsel for Labor Relations
M. Authorizing Amending the Professional Services Agreement for the Planning Consultant to the Zoning Board of Adjustment
N. Authorizing Refund of Escrow to B-Circle Associates, SP-03/02
O. Authorizing Purchase of Thermal Imaging Camera System from State Contract Vendor
P. Authorizing Amending the Professional Services Agreement for the Special Counsel to the Zoning Board of Adjustment
Q. Authorizing a Closed Session of Council Immediately Following the Regular Meeting, if necessary
R. Authorizing the 2013 Safe and Secure Communities Grant
18. Council Initiatives & Liaison Reports
19. Written Communications
A. Letter from Nelson Melendez Resigning from the Human Relations Advisory Committee
20. Executive Session (if authorized)
Next Council Meeting
- Tuesday, February 19, 2013
For the convenience of readers, the contents of the township manager’s memo are also reproduced below:
Upcoming Meeting 2/5/2013
The Department Directors of Health, Public Works and Recreation will present their 2013 municipal budget requests.
Awarding or Rejection of Bids
Resolution 8-A authorizes award of bid to All Surface Asphalt Paving, Incorporated of Point Pleasant, New Jersey for miscellaneous drainage and concrete improvements. The improvements include handicap accessibility improvements in Central Park, a sink hole repair on Pin Oak Drive and storm sewer inlet repairs on Toftrees Court. The amount of the contract is $16,800. Funding is available from the 2012 capital appropriation for concrete improvements.
Introduction of Ordinances
There is one ordinance for introduction.
Ordinance 9-A amends the ordinance that establishes recreation fees. The change for the fee to use athletic fields will remain at the set hourly rate but will have a limit of $2,000 per month for a single user scheduled on multiple dates.
Adoption of Ordinances
There are no ordinances for adoption.
Discussion of 2013 recommended budget.
The agenda includes routine administrative authorizations as well as resolutions providing for refunds, bond releases and acceptances.
Resolution 17- A authorizes an amendment to the 2012 contract of ADP, Incorporated by increasing the contract by $1,100 to a new maximum of $19,600. Funding is available from the 2012 appropriation for Finance Other Expenses.
Resolution 17- C authorizes the sale of Township owned property. The properties will be sold by auction to contiguous property owners. The lots will be sold without restriction, the lots may be developed in accordance with the applicable zoning of each lot.
Resolution17-F authorizes a shared services agreement with Mercer County for implementation of the grant for the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
Resolution 17- G supports legislation that will establish a long-term dedicated source of state funding for the preservation of open space, farmland and historic sites.
Resolution 17-K amends the 2012 professional service contract of Philip Caton as Planning Consultant to the Lawrence Township Planning Board in the amount of $1,200. The new contract maximum is $116,200. Funding will be made available from applicant escrow fees.
Resolution 17-M amends the 2012 professional service contract of Brian Slaugh as Planning Consultant to the Lawrence Township Zoning Board of Adjustment in the amount of $1,900. The new contract maximum is $35,400. Funding will be made available from applicant escrow fees.
Resolution 17-P amends the 2012 professional service contract of George Dougherty, Esquire for the providing of Special Counsel Services to the Lawrence Township Zoning Board of Adjustment on the matter of Simone vs. Lawrence Township Zoning Board of Adjustment in the amount of $1,510.00. The new contract maximum is $14,510. Funding is available from the 2012 appropriation for Zoning Board of Adjustment Other Expenses.
Resolution 17-O authorizes use of a state contract vendor, Continental Fire & Safety, Incorporated for the purchase of three thermal imaging cameras. The purchase amount is $30,000 and funding is available from the Emergency Management Performance Grant.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions about the agenda or any other matter.