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 June 19, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

William Mikula, Acting 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, 2006, 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

William Mikula, James Gallagher, John Kobland, Thomas Patterson and Dietrich Wahlers.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Angela Clerico of the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association and Anna Drago

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the May 15, 2006, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by James Gallagher; seconded by Dietrich Wahlers.  William Mikula in favor; James Gallagher and John Kobland abstained.

           

WORK SESSION

 

Stream-Corridor Ordinance – Angela Clerico of the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association provided a draft Ordinance for the EC’s review.  Angela feels Hillsborough’s Ordinance should be used as Cranbury’s model, as it was adopted and not challenged and she was impressed with Hillsborough’s process.  After much discussion, Angela suggested that the EC have comments prepared on the draft Ordinance for the July meeting.  Angela will provide information to Bill answering some of the EC’s questions and comments.  Bill will inquire of Dave Stout if the Planning Board should be involved in the Ordinance process.  Bill will e-mail the draft Ordinance to all EC members. The Purpose Statement that was prepared by the EC was given to Angela.  Angela will be present at the July meeting. 

 

Preserve Management Plan  - Nothing to report.

 

Cranbury Brook Water Sampling – Bill plans to do the water sampling on June 20, weather permitting. 

 

Environmental Resource Inventory –Tom Patterson has spoken to Harry Strano of Amy Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc.  An electronic copy of the ERI should be available this week.  Tom will contact the Township Clerk to put the ERI on the Township’s website.  Upon receipt of the ERI, a copy should be sent to Angela Clerico.  Tom will check to see if the ERI was adopted by the Planning Board.

 

APPLICATIONS

 

Application No. PB-101-05

Prologis Park Cranbury South

Block 10, Lots 4 & 19

Station Road

Preliminary and Final Site Plan

 

The EC reviewed the application and will send a memo to the Planning Board with the following comments:

 

The Environmental Commission questions the ability of Basins #2 and #3 to support fish life.  Please have the applicant advise as to how the basins will supply adequate dissolved oxygen to support the intended fish population.

 

The Environmental Commission would like the Township Engineer to review the construction of the stone dust pathways to minimize the migration of stone dust into the wetlands.

 

DISCUSSION

 

            The EC reviewed the Eagle Scout Project Summary and Proposal submitted by Vrajesh Modi for a trail in Unami Woods.  Bill advised that he walked through the site with Vrajesh and the proposed trail will have minimal impact on the site.  A letter should be sent to Tom Witt advising that the EC approves of the project. 

 

            The EC questioned if Jim Applegate prepared the letter regarding the Unexcelled property as outlined in the May 15, 2006, Minutes.  It is the EC’s understanding that the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association wishes to purchase the property and preserve the land.  Dietrich Wahlers feels that the Township needs a strategy to deal with the proposed development of the property.  Bill will speak with Dave Stout and Jim Waltman regarding same. 

 

            Dietrich advised that he has been appointed to the Recreation Subcommittee to prepare recommendations to the Planning Board on the future recreational needs of the Township.  Dietrich inquired if he should represent the EC on the Subcommittee.  The EC asked Dietrich to keep it apprised of items it should be concerned with.

 

            Jim Gallagher advised that the Township Engineer has asked him for a list of mitigation projects.  Jim asked the EC for recommendations.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, 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 notes of the Environmental Commission, held on June 19, 2006, consisting of 3 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the notes of the said meeting. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed the name of said Environmental Commission the _________day of _____________, 2006.

 

 

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary