Editor's Notebook: Jan. 3 Council Reorganization Meeting
● By Rebecca K. Abma
The borough appointed a new CFO and a new OEM Coordinator, swore in a new police officer and reappointed Councilwoman Nancy Peet to a third straight term as Council President at the 2013 council reorganization meeting on Jan. 3. Here are some notes from the meeting:
BOE Update From Council President Peet
On Dec. 27, Council BOE Liaison Peet and Mayor O'Hagan had a productive meeting with Schools Superintendent Dr. Cirasella and Board of Ed rep Bill Sullivan. The schools and the borough are committed to working collaboratively moving forward for the betterment of the community.
For the first time, the Board of Education has appointed a liaison to work directly with the council. Sullivan will serve in this role until the School Board reorganization in April. Peet, a former school board trustee, will continue to serve as council liaison to the board. The liaison teams will meet monthly.
The Dec. 27 meeting had a very full agenda including school security, the referendum, scheduling of events and cost sharing measures, including possibly working collaboratively on recycling, technology and broadcasting as well as grant writing opportunities.
Joseph Mulligan was named Office of Emergency Manager Coordinator after Jeffry Allyn stepped down from the leadership role. Mulligan is a Captain on the Midland Park Volunteer Ambulance Corps and has a lot of experience. Allyn will remain closely involved with OEM.
Probationary Patrolman Michael Marcellari was sworn in as the newest officer on the Midland Park Police Department. Salary information was not made available.*
Fire Officials Captain Jason Crean, Lt. Kevin Keegan and Lt. John Grillo were sworn into new offices, along with new Assistant Chief Mark McComb, whos was not present at the meeting.
Laurie O'Hanlon was named new borough Chief Financial Officer. O'Hanlon replaces Michele Dugan and previously served as Dugan's assistant at borough hall from 2007 until Dugan's retirement in 2010. In 2010, Midland Park developed an Interlocal Agreement with Glen Rock for the CFO signature while O’Hanlon was completing her required courses. She obtained her Chief Financial Officer Certification for the State of New Jersey in December 2012 after attending and passing all State required courses. Salary information was not made available, despite
Members of the planning board, zoning board, library board and municipal alliance remain the same. The Board of Recreation has two new members, John Meeks and Eric Goodell, who are replacing Dave Lancaster and Heather Lightbody, who's terms expired. Lauren DeLucca was named as alternate to the Library Board.
Council Liaisons Named
The 2013 Council Committee Liaisons are as follows:
Finance: Junta & Papapietro
Police: Papapietro & Pruiksma
Fire & Ambulance: Considine & Peet
Public Works: Holst & Junta
Personnel: Peet & Holst
Recreation: Pruiksma & Considine
Community Development: O'Hagan & Pruiksma
Planning Board: Peet
Board of Education: Peet
Board of Health: Papapietro
Municipal Alliance: Considine
JIF Fund Commissioner: O'Hagan
Recycling Coordinator: DPW Superintendent Gnehm
Committees and Boards
Three Board of Recreation trustees were appointed to three year terms. John Meeks, Marianne Vanelli and Eric Goodell appointments will expire In 2015. They join Vincent Piscitello, Jerry Iannone, Steve Dembowski and Bob Sansone. Former Rec trustees Dave Lancaster and Heather Lightbody terms expired.
Two members and one alternate were named to the Library Board. Mayor Patrick O'Hagan was given a one-year term, while Lena Padovano was appointed to a five year term. Lauren DeLucca was named an alternate. They join other members of the Library Board, Les Anderson, Robert Biebrich, Patricia Hagedorn, Catherine Durden, Julie Guciardo, Anne Polhemus and Christine Carr.
The following one-year appointments were made to the Municipal Alliance: Ann Polhemus (Chairman), Craig Rush (Superintendent Rep.), Susan Aponte, Police Chief Mike Marra, Mayor Patrick O'Haga, Maryalice Hagerty, Jane Burke, Sgt. Greg Kasbarian, Diane Moe, Kathy LaMonte (Rec. Coordinator) and Lori Palladino.
The following one-year appointments were made to the Local Emergency Planning Committee: Joseph Mulligan (Ambulance Captain), Angela Musella (Board of Health), Councilman Scott Pruiksma, Fire Chief Mark Berninger, Rev. Lloyd Vorderstrasse, Police Chief Mike Marra, Dr. Marie Cirassella (Superintendent of Schools), Adeline M. Hanna (Borough Administrator), Carol Tyler (Tyco Animal Control), DPW Superintendent Rudy Gnnehm, Councilman Nick Papapietro and Nicholas Drivanos.
The following volunteers are members of the Citizens Emergency Response Team: Patricia Hegadorn, Paul Mensing, George Thompson, Jr. , Keving Topp, John Kiernan, Orrie Smith, Donald DiCorcia, Nicholas Papapietro, Mark Grannon, Jay Goemat, George Schmidt, Mike Koeller, Patricia McGlade, Kathy Marrazzo, Richard Rehbein, Daniel J. Fischer, Daniel C. Fischer, and Penny Sermeus.
The following Special Officers were appointed: Kevin Biswurm, Glen Biswurm, Robert Buono, Cheryl Biswurm and Thomas J. Guciardo. The following Matrons were appointed: Lynn Tedeschi, Cheryl Biswurm, Sherri Gusta, Lynn Ver Hage and Linda Raveiro.
The following people were appointed to three-year terms on the Office of Emergency Management: Joseph Mulligan (Coordinator), Jeff Allyn (Deputy), Michael Rau (Deputy), and Officer Thomas Bedoe (Deputy). Detective Sgt. John Gibbons (Deputy) was appointed to a one-year term.
The 2013 Zoning Board members are Linda Herlihy (Chairwoman), Douglas Feick (Vice Chairman), David Zuidema, Richard Kroitsch, Richard Formicola, Glen Biswurm, John Meeks, James DeLuca and Daniel Brennan.
The 2013 Planning Board members are Kent Rigg (Chairman), David Wostbrock (Vice Chairman), Michael Rau, Stephanie Pantale, Ester Vierheilig, Jeffrey Bulick, Mark Braunius, Mayor O’Hagan and Council President Peet.
The following people and companies were appointed to provide borough services in 2013: Allison Blau, Court Administrator; Stephen Puntasecca, Municipal Risk Manager; N.W.B.C.U.A., Sewer Collection System Operator; Steve Rogut, Esq., Bond Counsel; and Northwest Regional Health Commission, Health Services/Board of Health. Salary and/or stipend information was not provided.
Tyco Animal Control Service was awarded the contract for animal control services for 2013 in the amount of $8,880.
Bollinger Insurance of Short Hills was appointed as the Dental Plan for borough employees. The borough contributes $200 per year, per employee.
Donohue, Gironda and Doria was appointed as Borough Auditing Services for 2013 at a contract exceeding $17,500.
Capital Alternatives was appointed as Grant Consulting Services for 2013 at a contract exceeding $17,500.
Stantec Engineering was appointed as Borough Engineering Services for 2013 at a contract exceeding $17,500.
Robert T. Regan was appointed Borough Legal Counsel for 2013 at a contract exceeding $17,500.
Burgis Associates was appointed Borough Planner for 2013 at a contract exceeding $17,500.
Midland Park entered into an interlocal agreement with the Village of Ridgewood to provide Municipal Court Video Conferencing.
The borough continued its Interlocal Agreement with Waldwick for a Court Administrator services.