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 12, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, John Persico, Chairman of the Cranbury Township Environmental Commission called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof, and, Linda M. Scott acted as 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 7, 2003 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, Peter Sibley, David Stout and John Persico, Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

††††††††††† Pari Stave, Township Liaison; Judy Dossin, Park Board Chair.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of December 8, 2003 meeting were reviewed, amended, and approved.A motion by David Stout, second by James Applegate, all were in favor.

 

DISCUSSIONS

††††††††††† John Persico welcomed Judy Dossin, who was present to discuss the Open Space Proposal that is before the Township Committee.EC would like to prioritize identify the environmentally sensitive areas on each of the proposed parcels, whether it be considered active or passive recreation.General constraint maps should be plotted with existing infrastructure to determine the best type of recreation.A needs assessment survey, preferably with 5 to 10 years fore thought, for compatibility should be required.Judy informed EC that this survey is tentatively scheduled for the next newsletter.The last such survey was approximately 12 to 14 years ago. Other than the approved ball field on Wright South, there are no future ones planned, due to the lack of room.

††††††††††† John Persico and Jim Applegate volunteered for the open space subcommittee.The open space parcels are Fischer, Forstega, Hagerty, Updike and West.Hagerty and Updike are located close to town.Maps with currently owned property, stream corridors, water bodies, woodland, and other significant information will be compiled.

††††††††††† John worked up the information that was required for 2004 matching grant to assist in preparing an Environmental Resources Inventory.Matching funds were approved by the Township Committee and the grant application was submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).The Stony Brook Millstone Watershed has volunteered to help with this project.

††††††††††† Anna gave Bill photos which she received from a concerned citizen of the Kerani property on

 

Petty Road.The photos dated Nov. 2003 show soil disturbance.A Freehold Soil NOV was received and stated that because this is private property, they do not get involved.A question of how to enforce the BMP for this parcel was raised.It was stated that the DEP Solid Waste Enforcement and Middlesex County Health Department has the authority to enforce the clean up of drums and other debris.EC will request Cathy Marcelli to follow up on this issue and inform them of the outcome.Bill will contact the County Health Dept. regarding this issue.Secretary will forward Bill a copy of the Township letter to the NJDEP dated September 9, 2003.

 

NEW BUSINESS

††††††††††† Lisa Randazzese addressed Johnís email regarding EC and private property.EC does not have the right to conduct inspections on private property in Cranbury Township.It was stated that ANJEC stresses that a visit to the property be performed before approval of any application.John will question Lisa about this.

 

OLD BUSINESS

††††††††††† Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association received the Municipal Assessment revised changes, but no word regarding the updates.

††††††††††† Cranbury Book Preserve has Lisa Randazzese working on the completion of the ordinance for Township Committee.

††††††††††† Peter gave an update regarding the Surface Water Sampling.He stated that samples were gathered on December 17 and 18, 2003.The results will be tabulated in approximately 15 days.

Millstone Park Arsenic Issue has no update.

Bill informed EC that Freehold Soil has a new contact person, Steve Grosch.He is responsible for Notices of Violation in Cranbury.Bill will try to set up a meeting date with him to discuss the ongoing Cranbury construction projects.

Bill inquired with a company that makes markers specifically for the Turtle Project.He states that there are stock versions of the markers but for an additional cost, a custom marker could be fashioned specifically for the task.Bill will do more investigative work on the markers.The application of the markers on the rain drains could be offered to the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.

††††††††††† Wright South Arsenic Issue has no new updates.

 

APPLICATIONS

††††††††††† The ZBA Omnipoint Communication application was reviewed by EC with no comment.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 8:10 pm.

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

 

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 12, 2004 consisting of 2 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 11, 2004.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary