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 February 9, 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, 2004 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, Anna Drago, James Golubieski, Tom Patterson, Peter Sibley, David Stout and John Persico, Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Pari Stave, Township Liaison; Brian Hamilton, Cranbury resident.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of January 12, 2004 meeting were reviewed, amended, and approved.  A motion by Peter Sibley, second by James Golubieski, all were in favor.

 

DISCUSSIONS

            Brian Hamilton, a Cranbury resident and a PSE&G Energy Saving Program employee, was present to inform EC of how the State of New Jersey has taken a progressive stance on energy programs.  Brian suggested that it would be wise to participate in this form of low-energy consumption program for any new public or private office building, school, etc in the Cranbury area.  The potential application of innovative energy-saving materials or equipment for the proposed police building would need to be discussed with Township Committee.  Bids for the police building will be going out in May, according to Ms. Stave.  Brian stated that there is funding available for an analysis, which could cover the cost of an engineering report.  There is also an incentive rebate, up to 70%.  EC stated that they appreciate Brian’s efforts and enthusiastically endorse this project.

            Mary Jean Mucciarone and Leigh Zink, area Girl Scout Leaders, were present to discuss the upcoming Turtle Project.  Bill Mikula supplied a proposed order for the storm drain markers.  One style will read “No Dumping - Drains to Lakes” and the other will read “No Dumping - Drains to Waterways”.  Secretary will place the order for the markers.  EC thought it best that the Scout Leaders obtain a street map from Secretary, paying attention to Main Street and roads that parallel the lake.  This project will commence in spring with a goal to finish by Memorial Day.  Currently the Township does not have the storm drains mapped.  A question was raised as to how the drains would be appropriately marked.  Anna stated that the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association (SBWMA) could help map the storm drains. The Cranbury Press will be contacted to cover the Scouts when they apply the markers.

           

OLD BUSINESS

            The NJDEP and Middlesex County Health Department visited the Kerani project on Petty Road.  Each wrote a report, which EC has obtained, stating that there are no visible environmental issues here.  Anna disagrees, stating that silt is flowing into the stream.  However, based on the reports, the EC has no plans to pursue this issue further.

            SBWMA attended the February 2 Township Committee meeting, where they presented their findings regarding the Municipal Assessment Survey.  It was stated that Cranbury could benefit from a stream corridor ordinance, which the SBMWA agreed to help with.  Tom and Dave will supply sample ordinances from other towns for the next EC meeting.  Dave would like to have a base line for protecting land before any ordinance is authorized.  The process is that the Planning Board reviews ordinances before the TC approves them.

 Cranbury will need a physical inventory of its storm inventory for the storm water infrastructure.  A proposal for an ERI was presented to the NJDEP as a matching fund grant.  The township engineer had previously prepared certain drawings that could be used as part of an ERI.  EC could benefit from the help they receive from the SBMWA regarding this issue.

            Peter gave an update regarding the Surface Water Sampling.  He presented a report of the December 17 & 18 water sampling at all four locations.  EC reviewed the report, noting that stormwater from Village Park has a high count of fecal coliform, and stormwater from the Wynnewood area has high levels of phosphorus.  Pete will write a letter to the DEP explaining the deviation from the plan.  A report to be provided to the TC, that could also be displayed at the EC table on Cranbury Day, will be drafted.  Another idea for Cranbury Day is that EC thought that testing residential soil for nutrients could be performed and explained.

Millstone Park Arsenic Issue has no update.

No new NOVs have been received.

            Wright South Arsenic Issue has no new updates.  There was a question regarding the work plan for the soil remediation.  Secretary will ask Township Administrator if there are any updates.

 

APPLICATIONS

            There are no applications.

 

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 February 9, 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 March 9, 2004.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary