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 December 17, 2007, at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, James Gallagher, 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 to the Sunshine Law, adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6) was provided on January 2, 2007, of this meeting's date, time, and place; the agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting personal notice and filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            James Gallagher, Tom Patterson, Andrew Johnson, Dietrich Wahlers and Paul Mullen. 

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Anna Drago.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the November 19, 2007, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Jim Gallagher; seconded by Paul Mullen.  Dietrich Wahlers abstained; all others in favor.

 

WORK SESSION

 

Preserve Management Plan – Three signs will be dropped off by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which can be placed at the property.  The NRCS gave Jim the locations of similar projects if the EC wants to view same.

 

Stormwater Management Plan – Dave Stout advised Dietrich that the recommendations made by the EC would be looked at in 2008.

 

            2008 Appointments –A notice should be put on the Township’s website and in the Township’s newsletter advising of the openings for two alternate members. 

 

            2007 Year End Report – The EC reviewed the 2006 Year End Report and went over what will be put in the 2007 report.  Kristen will draft a letter and send to Jim for review.

 

            2008 Goals – The EC went over goals for 2008.  Kristen will draft a letter and send to Jim for review.

 

APPLICATIONS

Rajesh Wadhwa

            2709 Route 130 South

Block 18.02, Lot 4

Zoning Board Resolution #102-05

 

Dr. Rajesh Wadhwa, Leonard Coates, Esquire, Barry Wham and Carl Stovers appeared before the EC to present testimony in response to the letter prepared by the EC dated September 10, 2007.  After much discussion, Jim advised that the EC’s responsibility was to review the application and give its opinion to the Zoning Board, which was done.  The EC will again review the documentation presented and send its opinion to the Zoning Board.

 

            Kristen will send an email to the Chair of the Zoning Board asking for a meeting to discuss the application at his earliest convenience.  Jim, Dietrich and Andy will be available for the meeting.

 

DISCUSSION

 

            Dietrich was advised by Freehold Soil that it is issuing monetary penalties against the Holland House until the violations are complied with.

 

            A Notice of Violation has been received from the Department of Environmental Protection for the lake project.

 

Jim advised that he spoke with Timothy H. Hand of DMJM Harris regarding his latter dated November 2, 2007, referring to the New Jersey Turnpike Widening.  Jim questioned the mitigation recommendations and was advised that it includes obtaining land along the stream corridor.  The EC will send a letter to Mr. Hand making recommendations.

 

            Kristen will obtain a copy of the ERI for all members and order more soil testing kits.

 

            Anna Drago wished to thank the EC members for their time and dedication.

 

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 December 17, 2007, consisting of 2 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 25th day of February, 2008.

 

 

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary