Town of Sewall’s Point

Town Commission Minutes of commission MEETING

June 25, 2019 7:00 pm

 

[Verbatim details available at www.sewallspoint.org by clicking the “audio”  link for the meeting]

 

 7:03 PM Pledge to the Flag

Oath of Office for Newly Elected Commissioner Mayfield

The Town Clerk administered the Oath of Office to newly elected Commissioner Kaija Mayfield.

 

 7:06 PM Roll Call.

Present: Vice Mayor Frank Fender, Mayor Vinny Barile, Commissioner James W. Campo, Commissioner Dave Kurzman, Commissioner Kaija Mayfield, Town Manager Pamela M. Walker (Not voting), Town Attorney Glen Torcivia (Not voting).

 

 7:03 PM Additions, Deletions or Changes to the Agenda

Move Item 10 to #6 

 7:04 PM Motion: Move item 10 to item 6, Action: Approve, Moved by Vice Mayor Frank Fender, Seconded by Commissioner Dave Kurzman.

Motion passed 4/1 Campo –No

 7:05 PM Motion: Move item 7 and 8 to next meeting July 9, 2019, Action: Approve, Moved by Commissioner Dave Kurzman, Seconded by Vice Mayor Frank Fender.

 Motion passed 4/1 Campo –No

 7:06 PM Motion: Move item 9 to 8, Action: Approve, Moved by Vice Mayor Frank Fender, Seconded by Commissioner Dave Kurzman.

Motion passed unanimously. 

 

CONSENT AGENDA

1. Financial Reports

2. Meeting Minutes

3. Building Activity Report

4. Police Activity Report

  7:07 PM Motion: Approve Consent Calendar with the exception of item 1 Financial Reports, Action: Approve, Moved by Commissioner James W. Campo, Seconded by Vice Mayor Frank Fender.

Motion passed unanimously. 

 

PROCLAMATIONS AND CEREMONIAL MATTERS

The Oath of Office for newly elected Commissioner Mayfield was administered before the roll call.

 

 7:08 PM Life Saving Award

Sergeant Wade received a Life Saving Award for his heroic efforts to a traffic crash victim. While off-duty, Sergeant Wade immediately responded at crash scene, where he applied a tourniquet to the bleeding victim and saved his life. The victim personally thanked Sargent Wade via Skype, as he was still in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Sergeant Wade received a standing ovation.

 

 7:14 PM Police Department Promotion

Police Chief Tina Ciechanowski administered the Oath of Office to Officer Kimberly Thompson who was promoted to the rank of Sergeant during the public ceremony.

 

 7:20 PM Town Manager Walker recognized former Officer Preston who was in the audience.

Commissioner Comments were heard at this time.

 

 7:21 PM PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

The following members of the public came forward and offered public comment.

John Tompeck

Kathy Miscoski

 

DISCUSSION                                                                                                                                       

 7:26 PM 5. FY 2017-18 Audit                                                                                                          

Jim Hartley, CPA of DiBartolomeo, McBee, Hartley & Barnes, P.A. presented to the Commission and public, the 2018 Audit Report. After a brief discussion by the Commission, the following motion was made:

  7:36 PM Motion: Approve 2017-18 Audit, Action: Approve, Moved by Commissioner James W. Campo, Seconded by Vice Mayor Frank Fender.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

 7:36 PM   Item 1 was heard at this time:

1.    Financial Reports

Commission Campo commented on the financial report as it relates to Financial services cost.

Commissioner Campo inquired to Jim Hartley, CPA of DiBartolomeo, McBee, Hartley & Barnes, P.A. as to how common it was for a municipality of this size to use Quick Books.

Mr. Hartley stated that it was common for a small municipality to use Quick Books.

Town Accountant, Connie Chasin Pearl, CPA, CFE, came forward and offered comments.

  7:44 PM Motion: Approve the Financial Report, Action: Approve, Moved by Commissioner James W. Campo, Seconded by Commissioner Kaija Mayfield.                

Motion passed unanimously.

 

*Item 6 was moved and heard after item 10 below. 

6. Septic Conversion Survey Results                                                                                                   

 

* Item 7 and 8 were continued to the next meeting

7. BMAP (Basin Management Action Plan) Status Change                                                         

 

8. Run-off Rule for Elections (50%+1)   

 

* Item 9 was heard after item 6 below.                                                                                              

9. Helipad Permit Application to FAA                                                                                                    

 7:45 PM 10. Town Manager Search                                                                                                                       

Dan Kleman, Volunteer Senior Advisor came forward and gave a brief presentation to the Commission and public as to the short list of Town Manager applicants and alternates. 

Commissioner Campo suggested adding Martin Murphy to the list of possible candidates.

Vice Mayor Fender suggested adding Ben Hogarth to the list of possible candidates.

 8:02 PM Motion: Accept seven candidates and add Martin Murphy and Ben Hogarth, Action: Approve, Moved by Commissioner James W. Campo, Seconded by Vice Mayor Frank Fender.

Motion passed unanimously.

After Commission comments the Commission made the following motion(s):

 8:07 PM Motion: The finalist be notified within 2 days with the help of Town Staff, and within those same 2 days Vice Mayor Fender will finalize the Avatar program, also that the staff will notify those folks that did not make the final cut  Action: Approve, Moved by Commissioner James W. Campo, Seconded by Commissioner Kaija Mayfield.

Motion passed unanimously.

After brief discussion by the Commission the following motion was made:

  8:15 PM Motion: Approve Woodall and Broome for background screenings, and also allow time to schedule individual interviews with Commissioners for the five finalist, Action: Approve, Moved by Commissioner James W. Campo, Seconded by Vice Mayor Frank Fender.

Motion passed unanimously.

 8:16 PM * Item 6 was heard at this time.

 

6. Septic Conversion Survey Results

Town Engineer Joe Capra gave a brief overview as to the current survey results for septic to sewer conversion.

The following members of the public came forward and offered public comment.

Tony Dwyer

Mona Leonard

Ike Crumpler

Commissioner Campo strongly suggested the town to look at the B map program.

  8:34 PM *Item 9 was heard at this time:  

 

9. Helipad Permit Application to FAA

Town Manager Walker sought Commission direction as it relates to participating in the pending FAA application process by Mr. Ben Sharfi, a Town resident who has applied for a helipad landing designation with that agency.

Vice Mayor Fender indicated his support for sharing the Town’s current laws with the FAA.

 Joshua Miron, Attorney for Ben Sharfi, came forward and expressed Mr. Sharfi’s position regarding the matter, including an “Offer of Settlement” letter provided to the Commissioners earlier that day.

Commissioner Campo expressed his desire to avoid expensive litigation but indicated that the amount of personal use proposed by Mr. Sharfi was unacceptably high.

There was further discussion among the Commissioners.

  9:30 PM Motion:  To have the Town Attorney draft letters to DEP and FAA providing the relevant Town Ordinances, to continue to work with Mr. Sharfi’s attorney in an effort to avoid litigation, and to provide the Commission with a list of the complete range of options available to them  in this matter.  Action: Approve, Moved by Commissioner James W. Campo, Seconded by Vice Mayor Frank Fender.

Motion passed unanimously.

 8:34 PM COMMISSIONERS OR STAFF COMMENTS

 9:31 Commissioner Campo requested a future agenda item be added to re-order his appointees to the Code Enforcement Board, by removing Geoff Mayfield as the alternate to the Code Enforcement Board and replacing him with  Mike Antheil, and appointing John Tompeck as the Code Enforcement Board Member.

  9:34 PM

 

 9:35 PM Motion:  Action: Adjourn, Moved by Vice Mayor Frank Fender, Seconded by Commissioner James W. Campo.

 

Motion passed unanimously.

 

ADJOURN

                                                                                APPROVED:

                 _____________________________________                                                                                                                                                         Mayor Vinny Barile, Presiding Officer

                                                                                ATTEST:

             ___________________________________

                                                                                               Cheryl, White, Town Clerk

                                        Minutes approved at the meeting of: July 23, 2019

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