MINUTES OF THE CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING

JANUARY 8, 2004

 

Time and Place of Meeting:  The January monthly meeting, held at the Cranbury Town Hall, was duly opened by Chairman Hart at 7:00 p.m.

 

In Attendance:  William Hart, Board Chair; Bernice Shapiro, Board Vice-Chair; John Jackson, Board Member; Michele Kemper, Board Member; Cheryl Coyle; Board Member; David E. Orron, Esq., Board Attorney; John Obryk, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Middlesex County Public Health Department; and Kathleen Wasson, Board Secretary.

 

Call to Order:  With a quorum present, Chairman Hart called the meeting to order at 7:13 p.m. and stated that adequate notice of the meeting’s date, time and place had been provided to the public pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.) by mailing to the media, posting on the Township bulletin board and filing with the Town Clerk.  The Board proceeded with new business.

                                                                                                                  

Board Reorganization:  John Jackson nominated Bill Hart for Chair; second by Bernice Shapiro.  The vote was unanimous in favor of approval.  Michele Kemper nominated Bernice Shapiro for Vice-Chair; Cheryl Coyle seconded.  The vote was unanimous in favor of approval.  Michele Kemper nominated David Orron as the Board Attorney; Bernice Shapiro seconded.  The vote was unanimous in favor of approval.  The Chair asked the Secretary to find out who is designated as the Board’s Township Committee liaison.

 

First order of business:  November and December Meeting Minutes

The November minutes were approved as amended; motion by John Jackson, second by Bernice Shapiro.  The December minutes were unanimously approved; motion by John Jackson, second by Bernice Shapiro.

 

Second order of business:  Public Health Report

          The Board members received the monthly report for December, 2003.  Mr. Obryk reviewed the substance of the report for the Board.

          John ran the proposed ordinance concerning food preparation in Township parks by his supervisor, Cathy Antonidas.  She asked who would enforce the ordinance, especially on weekends and holidays.  John told her that he expected that the police would take care of enforcement on weekends and holidays.  Mr. Orron will add an enforcement provision to the ordinance which will specify who will enforce the ordinance.  The Board discussed the proposed ordinance.  As part of the discussion, the Board learned that the Township of Cranbury does not require a one-day permit for food vendors for special events such as Cranbury Day.  Mike and John said that other towns require such permits.  Mr. Orron will add a provision to the ordinance requiring such one-day permits.  Mr. Orron will distribute a revised draft to the Board next month.

          John is processing the food establishment licenses now – he has received almost all of them.  John will be transferred to Sayreville after next month’s meeting.

 

Third order of business:  Environmental Report

The Board members received the monthly report for December, 2003.  Mr. Donnelly reviewed the substance of the report for the Board.

         

Fourth order of business: Old Business

          None.

 

Fifth order of business:  New Business

          Mr. Orron discussed an issue which is referred to the Board by the Township Committee.  The Libertarian Party has written a letter to the Township Committee asking that the Cranbury ordinance be amended to delete language, concerning the definition of a nuisance, which has recently been determined by the New Jersey Appellate Division to be unconstitutional because it is vague.  Mr. Orron recommended that the ordinance not be amended as yet, but he advised John Obryk to refrain from citing anyone under the guise of this ordinance, and to advise his successor of the same, until any legal action in the matter becomes final.

 

Adjournment:  There being no further business before the Board, Chairman   Hart stated that he would entertain a motion to adjourn.  The motion was made by Mr. Jackson and seconded by Vice-Chair Shapiro.  The vote was unanimous in favor of adjournment and the meeting was concluded at 8:00 p.m.

 

Certification:  I, the undersigned, do hereby certify that I am the duly appointed Secretary of the Cranbury Township Board of Health and that this document, consisting of three pages, constitutes a true and correct copy of the minutes of the monthly meeting held on January 8, 2003.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name this    day of February, 2004.

 

 

 

Kathleen S. Wasson

Board Secretary