Walpack Township
9 Main Street
Walpack Center, NJ 07881
Phone and Fax: 973-948-6861
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Direct Mail to: 16 Old Mine Road, Walpack NJ 07881

Walpack Township Committee Meeting Minutes:

April 24, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 8 p.m. by Mayor Maglio who stated this meeting was being held in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act having been duly advertised.

Present were: Committeeman Heigis, Committeeman Pagano, and Mayor Maglio

Also in attendance: Michelle LaStarza

The minutes of the March 27, 2012 meeting were presented for approval. Committeeman Heigis made a motion to approve the minutes seconded by Committeeman Pagano and unanimously carried.

The committee reviewed the treasurer’s report. Committeeman Pagano made a motion to approve the report seconded by Committeeman Heigis and unanimously carried. Committeeman Heigis made a motion to approve the vouchers for payment seconded by Committeeman Pagano and unanimously carried. The following bills were approved for payment:

Check Register - (0110101001000) Cash Checking - Sussex Bank 

4/24/2012 2372 3 Century Link 2.20
4/24/2012 2373 5 County Treasurer, Health Tax  83.31
4/24/2012 2374 6 County Treasurer, Library Tax 226.22
4/24/2012 2375 7 County Treasurer, Open Space Tax 27.43
4/24/2012 2376 4 County Treasurer, Purpose Tax  3,138.21  
4/24/2012 2377 62 Sussex County Clerk's Assoc   60.00
4/24/2012 2378 85 Sussex County League Of Mun.  40.00
4/24/2012 2379 69 Treasurer, State of New Jersey  1.70 
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Tank removal was not discussed and will be placed on next months agenda.

The clerk informed the committee of the recommendation by the township attorney to not pass a resolution approving of pending fireworks to be held at the Walpack Inn on June 16, 2012. 

Due to the amount of budgets to be reviewed by the State of New Jersey, the budget adoption will not occur as scheduled. Once approval is obtained, the budget will formally be adopted. Mayor Maglio opened the meeting to the floor seconded by Committeeman Pagano. As there was no public present, Mayor Maglio made a motion to close the public hearing on the budget seconded by Committeeman Heigis. The budget will be formally adopted at the next meeting to be held May 29, 2012.

Mayor Maglio read the following resolution into the record. Mayor Maglio made a motion to approve the resolution seconded by Committeeman Heigis and unanimously carried.



Whereas, on Tuesday, January 24, the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces reminded all Americans that, “Above all, our freedom endures because of the men and women in uniform who defend it,” and that “ … this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world.”; and

Whereas, the President, further, promised, “As they come home, we must serve them as well as they’ve served us. That includes giving them the care and the benefits they have earned … And it means enlisting our veterans in the work of rebuilding our nation.”; and

Whereas, National Guard and Reserve forces today total over 1 million service members and represent 48 percent of our total military force; while every day around the globe, thousands of men and women in uniform, including dedicated members of the National Guard and Reserves, risk their lives and make great sacrifices to defend our national interests, serving extended tours away from their homes, families and jobs; and

Whereas, at the same time, we are now seeing unprecedented levels of unemployment and underemployment among members of the Guard and Reserve, as up to 22 percent of Guard and Reserve members face unemployment; and

Whereas, in this time of economic uncertainty, the Employer Support Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is focusing on connecting employers with the talented pool of service members and their spouses, with the intent of facilitating meaningful employment opportunities; and

Whereas, to further this goal, the New Jersey ESGR has launched an Employment Initiative Program (EIP), which is a collaborative effort with federal agencies including the Department of Labor (Veterans Affairs), the Department of Veterans, the Small Business Administration and the Office of Personnel Management; and

Whereas, the goal is to enhance the employment process and serve as an effective resource for service members and employers. ESGR is also partnering with Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces (EPAF) through EIP with a high-tech and high-touch approach; and

Whereas, for almost a year, now, the United States Chamber of Commerce has also endeavored to find employment for our returning veterans and the spouses of those who continue to serve, at home and abroad, with its Hiring Our Heroes program; and

Whereas, the Hiring Our Heroes program is a nationwide effort to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment, in partnership with the Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), to improve public-private sector coordination in local communities, where veterans and their families are returning every day; and

Whereas, despite those efforts, the unemployment rate for veterans of our Armed Forces in our Nation and in our State continues to exceed the over-all rate; and

Whereas, in order to take the lead on advancing the EIP to the next level, the New Jersey ESGR has enlisted strong and positive support from corporate leaders, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, US Dept. of Labor/VETS and the New Jersey League of Municipalities; and

Whereas, it is incumbent on all of us to prove that New Jersey cares for the men and women in uniform who risk their lives and make great sacrifices to defend our national interests; and

Whereas, this employment initiative can be New Jersey’s way of saying thank you to the men and women who made great sacrifices to protect our nation’s freedom; and

Whereas, local officials throughout the State of New Jersey, working together through the League of Municipalities, and with the New Jersey ESGR, their local and State Chambers of Commerce, and local business leaders can help to advance basic fairness to our vets and their families by pursuing one simple goal: to allow America’s over one million unemployed veterans and military spouses to follow their dreams, instead of spending their lives just trying to catch up; now therefore be it


Resolved, on this April 24, 2012 that the Township Committee of the Township of Walpack recognizes that we will never be able to repay the debt we owe to all members of our armed forces; and

Be It Further Resolved, that in gratitude, Walpack Township pledges its enthusiastic support for the Employment Initiative Program of the New Jersey Employer Support Guard and Reserves; and

Be It Further Resolved, that certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and to our neighboring municipalities.


I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true and exact copy of the resolution adopted by the Walpack Township Committee held on April 24, 2012.


Betsy M. Cuneo
Municipal Clerk

There being no one in attendance and no further business to discuss, Committeeman Pagano made a motion to adjourn seconded by Committeeman Heigis. The meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Betsy M. Cuneo
Municipal Clerk