MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Environmental Commission was held in Town Hall on July 18, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Pete Sibley, Chairman of the Cranbury Township Environmental Commission, called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof, and Kristen H. Hamilton acted as Recording Secretary of the meeting.

 

STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE

  Pursuant with the Sunshine Law, adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6) was provided on January 4, 2005 of this meeting's date, time, place, and agenda, was mailed to the news media, was posted on the Township bulletin board, was mailed to those requesting personal notice, and was filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

James Gallagher, John Kobland, William Mikula, Tom Patterson, Barbara Rogers, and Peter Sibley; Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            David Stout, Township Liaison to the Environmental Commission and Connie Bauder.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the June 20, 2005, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by James Gallagher, seconded by William Mikula.  John Kobland, Tom Patterson and Pete Sibley in favor; all others abstained.

 

DISCUSSIONS

            Pete informed EC that on Thursday, July 21, 2005, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the Stormwater Regulations and Ordinance.

            Pete advised that he is unable to attend next month’s meeting.  He asked John Kobland to act as Chair, as the main discussion will center on Cranbury Day.

 

WORK SESSION

 

Cranbury Day - John Kobland advised that he is acquiring a Stormwater Management  Display from ANJEC for Cranbury Day.  He provided a list of possible handouts.  It was decided that the handouts should focus on EC projects, i.e. stormdrains, lawn care, water, soil, etc.  Summaries will be prepared for the display, which shall include the purpose and status of each project.  Those being:  Environmental Resource Inventory (by Barbara Rogers), Cranbury Brook Preserve Management Plan (by Jim Applegate), Cedar Brook Water Sampling (by Bill Mikula), and Soil Testing (by Tom Patterson). 

 

Environmental Resource Inventory  - Pete Sibley, Barbara Rogers and Tom Patterson of the EC, along with David Stout, EC Liaison, met with two consultants from Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants Inc. on July 14, 2005.  The project should be completed by May 2006.  ASGECImy will provide a draft copy; the EC will then submit comments thereon by the end ofNovember 2005.  ANJEAC suggested that the ERI include photographs of land use, habitats, streams, lakes, etc.  A request for photographs will be made in the “Around Cranbury” section of the “Cranbury Press” and an e-mail address will be established for them to be submitted.  Jim Gallagher will forward the Cranbury Brook Preserve Map to Pete to provide to the consultants.  David Stout will try to get a digital tax map for the consultants.

A second quote for $600.00 of additional work that the EC is requesting will be forthcoming. 

 

Cranbury Brook Preserve – Jim Applegate sent a letter dated June 30, 2005, to the National Resources Conservation Service, outlining the EC’s concerns with its letter dated March 29, 2005.  At this time, there is no additional information. 

Pete will send the finalized Preserve Rules to Beth Veghte and request two signs.  It was noted that the EC wants a say where the signs will be displayed.

Pete advised that he spoke with Beth Veghte regarding a family community campout on Cranbury Day.  The EC expressed its concerns, i.e. activities that are inconsistent with the purpose of the the Preserve, and lack of facilities, insurance.  Pete will forward the EC’s comments on to Beth. 

 

Volunteer Projects  George Conley, Jr. V appeared at the meeting to discuss his forthcoming Eagle Scout project.  He desires to construct an informational kiosk on the West Property together with 4” x 4” posts with chains to prevent motor vehicle access.  Mr. Conley was advised to submit his application to the Township Committee and suggested that the kiosk be constructed out of cedar  for maintenance purposes. 

Pete installed an inlet protector in the storm sewer inlet prior to the car wash this past weekend at the firehouse.  The Fire Company will be informed of the installation of the inlet protector and the EC will monitor same. 

Pete will check the Presbyterian Church and school parking lots for storm drain inlets. 

Bill Mikula will draft BMPs regarding the washing of vehicles

 

Cedar Brook Water SamplingBill MikulaJohn Kobland advised that he will have the parameters and scope for the Cedar Brook Water Sampling by Thursday.  Testing will begin after laboratory parameters are established and approved, any time after next week, - when the weather provides the right opportunityermitting for wet-weather sampling.

 

Soil Testing Ordinance  Pete conveyed the EC’s concerns regarding a Soil Testing Ordinance to Tom Panconi, who requested a memo to the Township Committee.  Dave Stout will provide information on state policy and Pete will outline the EC’s concerns in a letter to the TC. 

 

Soil Testing Kits – Tom Patterson provided the results of five soil test kits from Rutgers.  Thirty more soil testing kits will be ordered.

 

Storm Drain Labeling - The Boy Scouts will continue the storm drain labeling in the fall.  Blank door hangers will be ordered for the project.

 

 

Stream Corridor Ordinance - Bill Mikula will take the lead in drafting a Stream Corridor Ordinance.

 

Application

APPLICATION

 Eagle Scout Project, Joe Carroll, Post and Rail Fence – The EC reviewed Joe Carroll’s application for his Eagle Scout Project to build a post and rail fence at the Village Park entrance off of Maplewood Avenue to prevent people from trespassing onto private property.  EC recommended that the fence be constructed of cedar or an equivalent non-treated wood.  Pete will inform Joe of  the EC’s concerns.  Bill Mikula will represent the EC at the Project Review Committee. 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

            A concerned citizen stated there is still no action being made on the mound of soil at the Four Seasons on Old Cranbury Road that does not have cover to prevent soil erosion.  Bill advised that  he contacted Freehold Soil about the problem, which advised that it will address the situation.  Bill will contact them again regarding the status.   

 

           

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned.

 

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

 

I, the undersigned, do hereby certify:

That I am duly elected and acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Environmental Commission and,

That the foregoing minutes of the Environmental Commission, held on July 18, 2005 consisting of 3 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed the name of said Environmental Commission the _______________, 2005.

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary