Mayor Jeff Parrott called the meeting
to order, and requested the Clerk to call the roll. Upon roll call,
the following members of the governing body were present:
Mayor Parrott, Committee members Sytsema, De Boer. Also present:
Administrator Clerk Jim Doherty.
The following members were absent: None.
Mayor Parrott led the assembly in the Salute to the Flag.
Mayor Parrott stated, “This meeting is being held in compliance
with the provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act, Public Laws
1975, Chapter 231. It has been properly noticed and posted to the
public, and certified by the Clerk."
The governing body gave consideration to the status of budget preparation
for calendar year 2003.
Contribution To Fire Department, Continued
Mayor Parrott invited Chief Marc Blaine to present his revised request
for consideration of budgetary contribution by the Township for
calendar year 2003. General discussion and review took place, after
which the members of the governing body agreed to give consideration
to the request as presented today, pending further consideration
once the anticipated local tax rate is known for the year.
Discussion turned to the list of proposed capital improvement projects
and vehicle/equipment purchases for this calendar year. The members
of the governing body reviewed the proposed purchase of public works
equipment with Road Supervisor Bob Wagner and Buildings and Grounds
employee Bob Crum.
The members of the governing body then reviewed the adjusted ten
year vehicle and equipment needs analysis for the Township, reflecting
the inclusion of a Wantage Township contribution toward the costs
of purchasing a ladder truck for the Sussex Fire Department. Mr.
Doherty reviewed the anticipated impact this purchase would have
on the long range capital and debt analysis of the Township, and
presented a spread sheet to reflect the known, anticipated costs
of purchases and debts through the year 2013, with a proposed annual
budget plan for spreading out the cost of these obligations to provide
minimal impact on the taxpayers.
The members of the governing body advised Mr. Doherty to retain
all proposed public works projects and capital purchases proposed
at this time, but reserved the right to re-visit the list of projects
once the tax impact for 2003 is known.
There being no other items for the consideration of the governing
body at this time, Mr. Sytsema moved to adjourn the meeting. Mr.
De Boer seconded the motion.
Upon roll call,
Ayes: De Boer, Sytsema, Parrott Nays: None Absent: None Abstain:
It was agreed that the next budget work session would be held on
January 30, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Parrott declared this meeting to be adjourned.
James R. Doherty, Clerk