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 September 18, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, 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

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

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Aaron Wilken of Veridian, Anna Drago and Bob Dillon, a resident of Cranbury Station-Brickyard Road.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the August 21, 2006, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Dietrich Wahlers; seconded by Jim Gallagher.  Tom Patterson and John Kobland in favor; Bill Mikiula and John Reinfelder abstained.

           

WORK SESSION

 

Stream-Corridor Ordinance –  The Township Committee will be forming a subcommittee to review the draft Stream-Corridor Ordinance.  The subcommittee will be comprised of Mayor Panconi, Dave Stout, Wayne Wittman, a representative from the EC and others.  The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association will participate in the preparation of the ordinance.  Bill Mikula forwarded a letter from Susan Charkes of SBMWA to the EC for review.  After much discussion, it was decided that Bill will incorporate all comments made by the EC into a final draft and forward to the EC for comments.  Upon review and approval by the EC, the final version of the draft will then be sent to the Township Committee. 

 

Preserve Management Plan  - Nothing to report.  On hold until spring.

 

Cranbury Brook Water Sampling – Bill Mikula will take the samples prior to the grant expiration date of December 30, 2006.   

 

Environmental Resource Inventory – Betty Wagner, Township Historian, notified the EC of inaccuracies contained in the history section of the ERI.  An addendum can be prepared correcting the inaccuracies.  It was decided that formal revisions to the ERI should only be done every two years.  The Secretary will get copies made of the ERI for all EC members.

 

Cranbury Day – Bill Mikula  extended a “thank you” to all who helped at Cranbury Day.  John Kobland advised that the pet rocks were a huge success.  It was suggested that a display board be purchased for future use.

 

DISCUSSION

 

            The Secretary advised that budget requests for 2007 are due on October 1, 2006.  It was decided that the budget request should be the same as 2006.  John Kobland questioned if any consultants would be needed for future projects.  The Watershed Municipal Assessment should be reviewed for future project ideas.

 

            Bill asked the Secretary to order ANJEC publications “Site Plan and Subdivision Review” and “Remediating and Redeveloping Brownfields” for each EC member. 

 

Vrajesh Modi has proposed to complete the curb markings for storm drains and storm sewer inlets as an Eagle Scout project.  As part of the project, Mr. Modi will also compile additional information, i.e. the condition of the inlets, dumping, etc.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

            Bob Dillon, whose property is adjacent to the Unexcelled property, questioned the area of “Indian Run”.  Aaron Wilken confirmed that “Indian Run” is on Mr. Dillon’s property.  Mr. Dillon voiced his concerns with the development of the property.  Mr. Dillon also advised that a meeting is to be held with the Township Committee, Veridian and the DEP.  Bill believes that Dave Stout and Mayor Panconi are to attend the meeting and the EC should be involved in the discussions.

 

            Aaron Wilken, representing Veridian, was not prepared to make any formal comments.  He was interested in the discussion on the Stream-Corridor Ordinance and welcomes any dialog with the EC.  Mr. Wilken advised that Veridian has had various conversations with the DEP regarding the remediation of the contaminated areas and the Administrative Consent Order is a public document  which gives assurances to Veridian.  Bill advised Mr. Wilken of the EC’s main concerns. 

 

            The EC was led to believe that Cranbury Brick Yard, LLC owns the property and Veridian oversees Cranbury Brick Yard, LLC.  Mr. Wilken advised that he can follow up on the specifics of the relationship of the entities.

 

            The EC was not aware of 85 acres of trees being removed from the property in the last 2 – 3 months.  John Kobland questioned why the EC was not notified.  Mr. Wilken advised that the Township was notified of the clearing before it happened.  Mr. Dillon feels that the DEP gave approval to remediate – not remove trees; the trees just happened to be in the way.  Mr. Dillon pointed out a recent wetlands violation.  Mr. Wilken was not aware of any violation and will check the status.  John would like to confirm that the proper procedure was followed to remove the trees.

 

            Anna Drago pointed out that Mr. Golden, attorney for Cranbury Brick Yard, LLC, advised that disturbed wetlands are to be replaced by manmade wetlands.  Ms. Drago does not feel that is an adequate swap.  Bill advised that there is an approved method to replace wetlands. 

 

CLOSED SESSION

 

            A motion was made by Mr. Mikula, seconded by Mr. Kobland; all in favor, for the EC to enter into closed session to discuss personnel matters.  Shortly thereafter, the session was reopened to the public.

 

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 September 18, 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