MINUTES OF THE CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING

January 6, 2005

 

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, 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; Sharon Martens, Middlesex County Public Health Department; and Kathleen Wasson, Board Secretary.  Becky Beauregard, the Township Mayor and Board liaison, also attended.  In addition, a concerned resident attended.

 

Call to Order:  With a quorum present, Chairman Hart called the meeting to order at 7:05 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.

                                                                                                                  

Reorganization:  Bernice Shapiro was sworn in as a member of the Board.  John Jackson nominated Bill Hart for Chair, second by Michele Kemper.  The Chair entertained a motion from John Jackson, second by Cheryl Coyle.  Both votes were unanimous in favor of approval. 

 

First order of business:  December Meeting Minutes

The December minutes were unanimously approved; motion by John Jackson, second by Michele Kemper.

 

Second order of business:  Public Health Report

          The Board members received the monthly report for December, 2004.  John Obryk reviewed the substance of the report for the Board.

Hannah and Mason’s was reinspected and is better – it was just dirty, i.e., the floor under the fryer.  John said that the owner, John Davison, left for Florida suddenly.  The chef, Chris, is still there and will be in charge in John’s absence.  John will continue to visit there and monitor the cleanliness of the restaurant.  John explained the issues he investigated concerning the complaint received from the tenant at 10 Station Road.  John believes that the housing deficiencies were preexisting this tenant and that something else is going on between the landlord and tenant.  Mayor Beauregard explained some past issues concerning the Township’s position on the issue of tenant rights.

Food licenses are being submitted at this time.  The Gallery Café is done.  Hot Wok plans were submitted and John approved the plans.  The Presbyterian Church’s nursery school requested a waiver of the food license fee.  Since they have paid in the past, the fee will not be waived as it is believed that there is just a misunderstanding.  At American Cabinetry, there is an issue of piles of wood and drums outside of the building.

The Rabies Clinics will be held on the dates submitted; April 16 and October 22.  The veterinarian would like to change the time to 12-2 p.m.  John will ask about the reasons for the request and get back to the Board.  John will check as to whether Dr. Young has ever submitted a bill for his services.  The Chairman asked whether the Carter-Wallace site, which has been demolished, had any asbestos issues.  The Chair asked John about the surplus of flu shots.  John gave an update.

 

Third order of business:  Environmental Report

          The Board members received the monthly report for December.   Sharon Martens reviewed the substance of the report for the Board.

The Cranbury Swim Club has tested for high nitrate levels in the well water supply.  Other areas in Cranbury have tested for nitrates on John White and Cranbury-Plainsboro Roads.  A concerned resident suggested putting a notice in the newsletter to let residents know about the nitrate issue so that they can test their wells, if they so desire.  Bernice said that this had been done in the past.  The Chairman asked John Obryk to follow up on the requirement that they install a treatment mechanism.

 

Fourth order of business: Old Business

          A concerned resident expressed her desire that the Township pass an ordinance concerning protection of the aquifer and ground water.  Bernice Shapiro said that she would not like to put fear into the residents’ minds, but that something can be done if it has not already been addressed in the past.  The Mayor said that she will follow up with the Environmental Commission on this issue.  She has implemented a weekly staff meeting process to ensure that there is progress and tracking of issues before the Township committees.

 

Fifth order of business:  New Business

           The Chairman turned the floor over to the Mayor.  She asked the members for their input as to what support they may need for 2005.  The issue of notifiying residents concerning the flu shot shortage and lottery was discussed.  The Mayor believes that Chief Hansen is the head of emergency management for the Township, and should be contacted on this issue.  Michele also brought up the issue of the smoking ban.  David Orron said that there are bills pending in the State legislature all of the time, and that the Township can submit their written support of such bills.  Mr. Orron will research the legislation that is currently before the State legislature.  The Chairman asked John to bring a list of health topics offered as seminars by the County to the next meeting.

 

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 John Jackson and seconded by Cheryl Coyle.  The vote was unanimous in favor of adjournment and the meeting was concluded at 8:22 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 3 pages, constitutes a true and correct copy of the minutes of the monthly meeting held on January 6, 2005.

 

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name this    day of                   , 2005.

 

 

 

Kathleen S. Wasson

Board Secretary