GREEN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Steve Kurzeja is the newest member of the Green Township Committee.
Chosen by the township committee to replace Roger Michaud who had resigned, he was sworn in at the Monday, Dec. 17 meeting, but will be formally sworn in again at the Jan. 2, 2013, reorganization meeting.
Kurzeja had to resign his position on the zoning board of adjustment and as crossover zoning board representative to the planning board in order to assume the committee seat.
He was one of three candidates for the vacant committee seat nominated by the township Republican Committee. A vacancy between elections is filled by the sitting committee on recommendation of the resigned member’s party.
The other two candidates were former committeeman and planning board member Lazlo Raffay and board of education and zoning board member Matthew Fox. All three were interviewed in open session at the township committee meeting then the committee went into executive session to made the decision, and reconvened in open session to vote.
Mayor James Chirip told Fox and Raffay “it was not an easy decision,” and thanked them for their interest.
Once Kurzeja was seated, the committee resumed its regular meeting.
They decided to delay signing a five-year least with the U. S. Postal Service for the Greendell Post Office.
Committeeman Chris Bilik pointed out while the township owns the buildings of both post offices, the leases are very different. Township Clerk Linda Padula said the municipality is responsible for nearly all maintenance at the Greendell Post Office. DPW Supervisor Watson Perigo said all his department does at the Tranquility Post Office is “plow snow, bring them water and change light bulbs and they buy the light bulbs.”
Bilik questioned why the differences in the leases and asked Perigo if there are problems at the Greendell Post Office. He said the furnace was problematic even last winter, which was very mild and the toilet and sink need to be replaced.
Chirip asked “Why not make the leases match?”
Padula said the township received a letter of intent from the postal service, but the lease actually is not up until March 2013. Chirip asked her to pull the Tranqulity lease form the file, and send it to the postal service and tell them that is what they want in the Greendell lease.
From the audience, Raffay said the Greendell Post Office will cut back its hours to four a day.
Chirip said, “I’m shocked they are looking for a five-year lease.”
The post offices in Green have boxes for residential and commercial mail, but the home delivery routes in the township are from Andover and Newton.
In other business, the committee authorized Perigo to provide Hoover Truck Centers in Flanders with a letter of intent to purchase a truck under the Sussex County Cooperative. They decided to buy the truck now, because some of their older road department trucks have older exhaust systems that need to be periodically regenerated to meet new state Department of Environmental Protection regulations. The state pays for the equipment to regenerate the exhaust, but the procedure ties up the truck for more than four hours, Perigo said. He said this could be a problem if more than one truck is due for regenerating during a snow storm. The Freightliner truck offered by Hoover does not require regeneration.
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