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 January 10, 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, Linda M. Scott 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, posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting personal notice, and filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

James Applegate, James Golubieski, William Mikula, Thomas Patterson, and Peter Sibley; Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Anna Drago, Bill Bauder and Committee Members David Stout, Tom Panconi.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the December 13, 2004 meeting were reviewed, amended, and approved. A motion by Pete Sibley, second by James Golubieski, all were in favor.

 

DISCUSSIONS

Township Committee has changed their regular meeting schedule to the second and fourth Mondays. To reduce conflict with the TC schedule, EC has decided to change their regular meeting date to the 3rd Monday every month, with the exception of February 2005. The February meeting date will be on the 22nd. Motion to approve made by Bill Mikula, second by Jim Golubieski, all in favor. Secretary will inform the clerk of this meeting schedule change.

Tom Witt and Steve Willard of Shearer Penn Tree Service walked the Millstone River near the Fischer Property and discovered beaver activity. Pete was informed of the situation, who contacted SBMWA. Steve Yergeau and Rick Lear provided some insight on beavers and their status regarding the NJDEP. A recommendation by the SBMWA to remove the beaver and the dam as soon as possible was suggested. Jim Applegate and David Stout will walk this area to get an account of this situation.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Goals for 2005 were discussed. They are:

         Active role in the new Stormwater Regulations. Bill, Tom, and Pete will be involved with this. The EC wants to have a more active role. There are several aspects of this the EC has already taken to achieve a start of the upcoming requirements.

         Increase membership-2 regular and 2 alternate members are still needed.

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         Management Plan for the Cranbury Brook Preserve. Dave has a draft of this plan. He stated that there might be monies available from the National Resource and Conservation Service and offer insight. Jim Applegate volunteered for this. Dave will forward a draft copy to Tom.

         Stream Corridor Ordinance. This should move along with fresh water act and flood hazard act. Bill will take the lead on this, reviewing the sample ordinances that EC has. He will give an update at the next meeting.

         ERI - This subject has been discussed during the past year with no action. Pete would like to get movement on this issue. Dave states that the TC would like to update and record the wetlands in the township, both of these can move in conjunction. This may be a possible project for the student intern.

In December 2004, the TC approved guidelines for Volunteer Projects for local volunteer projects. An updated list has been given to John Kirkenir. Any new lists will need to be forwarded to Rich Vincellette. He is the appointed leader for scout projects. This list includes Trail Maintenance; Gates and Signs; Kiosks; Storm-Drain Markers. After a brief discussion of each, Pete will update the list and forward it to Rich Vincellette.

It was stated that there were two SUVs driving on the Cranbury Preserve this past week.

Phase 1 of Storm-Drain Markers have been installed. There are still more that should be installed. Bill will need to call MaryJean Mucciarone.

In December, funds from the 2004 budget were encumbered for Dandy Products for the Inlet Protection Devices, Rutgers for the Soil Test Kits and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed for misc. supplies (environmentally friendly soaps). All these items comply with the new Stormwater Regulations.

 

OLD BUSINESS

A letter of interest and resume was received from John Kobland, which was reviewed by the EC. He will be invited to the February 22nd meeting. Regarding other possible mentioned individuals, Dave was to contact Mike Klein, no update. Bill will contact Wayne Wittman. According to Anna, Kathy Easton was appointed to the Library Board and will be busy with that. Pete will follow up and ask John Persico about Nicholas Kotschosbey. There will be an article in the Press asking for interested EC volunteers.

The 2005 grant application for Water Monitoring in the Cedarbrook above and below the landfill in wet and dry weather was mailed to the NJDEP for approval. Notification of approval/denial will take place by March 15, 2005.

ANJEC sends application package for grants in January. Smart Growth Assistance Grant application package will be mailed mid January.

EC and the SBMWA will have an Owl Program held in Cranbury Brook Preserve on January 14, beginning at 7:00pm. There is a waiting list for this program. EC will sponsor refreshments. Anna will take on this responsibility.

The Parks Commission is working on uniform signage for all township parks. The Preserve is included with this endeavor and Judy Dossin has asked Pete for input. Pete put together a draft list of items from the Parks Ordinance. This was reviewed and will be forwarded to Judy for discussion at the next Parks meeting.

Bill Mikula has volunteered to attend the Stormwater Management 2 day Seminar at RU in February.

A letter from Hatch Mott MacDonald dated October 14, 2004 was distributed to the EC. Harvey Moskowitz, Tom Witt, Cathy Marcelli and Dave Stout walked the old dump site on Dey Rd. with the possibility of building a pole barn to house the public works equipment. Dave felt that this site is feasible for the pole barn.

The RU intern program is underway and EC should take the steps to secure a student. Jim Applegate spoke with Kristen Drushak. She handles the student process, but one detail that needs to be worked out is whom the student reports to while here in Cranbury. The cost is approximately (continued from page 2)

 

$12. hr. X 40 hrs.wk. depending on the extent of work and the period of time. A suggestion was made to talk with ANJEC (Dave) and SBMWA (Bill) to ask for their advice how best to handle and fund interns. This person could compile the ERI, perform GIS tasks along with other potential projects.

Tom Patterson was asked to represent the EC at the DRC. Dave has served this function in the past, but is unable to perform now. The DRC checks for application completeness along with other variables. Tom is conflicted, knowing that the firm he is employed by will need to make application to this board. He will give this more thought and let Pete know of his decision. If Tom is unable to commit, Pete will accept the responsibility, for the time being.

A NOV update-Bill spoke with Steve Groesh regarding KHOV. Freehold Soil is unable to do anything unless there is an observance of an off site stream contamination. The outflow of the detention basin should be monitored for evidence of turbidity and sediment. Bill will email Cathy Marcelli explaining the ongoing issue of this sediment. He will ask Cathy, when visiting the site, to check on this detention basin discharge.

 

APPLICATIONS

ZBA068-03 Monroe Medical Supplies application was reviewed by EC with no comment. Tom P. recused himself.

PB083-05 Church & Dwight Co. application for the import of 4,000 cu.yds. of soil to be used with a NJDEP cleanup. EC agrees with the concept of importing soil; however, the origins, and appropriate analytical data from a NJ certified laboratory should be provided. Stockpiling the soil should meet with NJ soil erosion sediment control standards.

 

DISCUSSION

Bill Bauder spoke of opportunities for increased effectiveness in 2005. He encouraged the EC to have active representation at the DRC and Planning Board. He stated that it is important to get the comments from EC on record at each level. Bill stated that according to the EC Ordinance a year-end report should be generated.

Tom Panconi presented The Times newspaper editorial article dated July 10, 2004 regarding soil contamination written by Jane Nogaki of Evesham Township; member of the NJ Environmental Federation. At the same time, Hamilton Ordinance #04 011 was given to the secretary. This will be copied and forwarded to the EC with their next agenda for discussion. Tom would like to have feed back from EC regarding a soil testing ordinance in Cranbury when there is a change in land usage when sold.

 

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 January 10, 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 February 23, 2004.

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary