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 22, 2005 at 7:05 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

William Mikula, Thomas Patterson, and Peter Sibley; Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Connie & Bill Bauder, Anna Drago, James Gallagher, John Kobland, Peggy Lee, Dave Stout, and Angela Clerico of the SBMWA.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the January 10, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended, and approved on a. motion by Tom Patterson, second by Bill Mikula, all in favor.

 

DISCUSSIONS

            The 2004 Annual Year End Report was submitted to the Township Committee on January 26, 2005.  The secretary will provide, via email, the report to ANJEC.

Beth Veghte was present to discuss the Cranbury Preserve signage.  The EC rules of January 10th along with a revised detailed list of rules that is currently in attorney review were distributed at the meeting.  Beth reported that the detailed rules were necessary for police enforcement.  According to her, the police informed the Park Board that they could not enforce the rules and regulations if they are not displayed.  Beth is looking for EC to expand on the Preserve rules and regulations.  She stated that an additional separate sign indicating the direction the playing fields are located attached under the entrance sign.  Pete indicated that when EC submitted the rules in January, they were taken from the Preserve ordinance.  The period for the signage language is the end of March.  This will be placed on the next 'meetings agenda.  In closing, Beth added that the tallying of the needs assessment survey is being compiled; she will inform EC of the results when completed.

            Angela Clerico of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) was invited to attend for her expertise regarding the implementation of Stormwater Regulations, along with community outreach.  Some of the suggested programs have been implemented.  River friendly programs include items such as the river friendly certified sampling, soil test kits, turtle projects including door hangars, car washes using river friendly detergent and bumper devices over the storm drains for filtration of the run off.  

           

Another item that Angela distributed was a hand out for the tailoring of a model stormwater control ordinance.  She explained that the relationship between the ordinance and the municipal master plan should work together. She talked of required elements of the upcoming Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and the Stormwater Management Plan coming up in April 2005.  Lastly, a resource list was distributed of informative websites for Stormwater Resources.  She stated that SBMWA could review Cranbury’s plan and volunteered the GIS resource center that could help with mapping.

            The SPPP 4 & 5 forms of the Stormwater Regulations were received from Cathy Marcelli  and will require EC input.  Bill Mikula will work on form #5, while Pete will handle form #4. 

Pete Sibley reported that Jim Applegate walked the area where the beaver dam is under construction.  David Stout also walked this area and felt that due to the environmental structuring of the land, there is no concern for flooding.  Small trees were downed by the beaver.  While walking the site, Dave found evidence of a NJriver otter. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

            The Township will be updating their web site.  It could be possible for the EC to get educational information for the public to access on this site.  Pete will talk with Pari regarding this.

            Bill Mikula distributed a draft synopsis of the Stream Corridor Ordinance (SCO) of Clinton Twp., East Windsor Twp, Hopewell Twp. and Montgomery Twp. to the EC for perusal. He stated  that in his opinion it appears that Clinton is the most conservative with their approach regarding the SCO, with East Windsor being the least, with exceptions and economic hardships variances that allow developing around or near stream corridors.  Hopewell had a balance between development and protection.  Montgomery has balance also but has a more stringent process for approval for expansion in or near a corridor.  A recommendation for the EC to talk with the Township Committee before developing an ordinance was made.

            The Fast-Track Permitting Act can affect Cranbury, which will allow a developer to make application and have a resolution to the application within 45 days.  The good news is that there is temporarily protection against this.  The Master Plan with a SCO is the key in avoiding this from happening, but they must work together.  The EC will make the Township Committee aware of this situation and recommend a resolution.

           

OLD BUSINESS

Currently there are four vacancies on the EC.  John Kobland and James Gallagher were present to express their desire to join the EC.  Both men previously submitted resumes with their qualifications.  Peggy Lee of Cranbury Green was present to express her desire to join the EC.  Pete asked her to submit a letter of interest and resume.  EC is always interested in having members who are committed and passionate about volunteering for the community.

The ANJEC Smart Growth Plan is accepting applications for up to $20,000. in matching grants, with a deadline of April 1st.  Acceptable projects are natural resource inventory and open space plan.  This grant is especially attractive due because the municipality can have in kind services with a match up to 50% with the time of volunteers and professionals working on projects.  Pete feels that an Environmental Resources Inventory (ERI) would make an ideal grant application.  A consultant can be hired to perform the work.  Pete will contact the Mayor to inform her of this application for matching monies.  He will also prepare the grant, Dave will call his contacts about the cost of this project.  An EC volunteer will be needed to take charge of this project.

            Pete relayed that Jim Applegate contacted Laura Coover at NRCS about developing a Management Plan for the Cranbury Preserve.  A site visit will be coordinated with Laura and Jim.  Any EC member who is interested may attend.

            Bill will contact MaryJean regarding the labeling of the storm drains and how many more markers will be needed to finish the project.  An idea of informative door hangers to residents who live in close proximity of the drains could be added to this project.  Anna may be able to get a sample of the hanger through SBMWS.

Funds were encumbered in December 2004 for upcoming expenses.  One P.O. is for the purchase environmentally friendly soap for $250; Rutgers, soil test kits, $900.;  Dandy Products, inlet protection devises for $500.  A limited amount of soil test kits can be distributed free to residents on a first come first serve basis.  An article will be placed in the newsletter.  Tom will contact Rutgers as to how this can work without having residents pay for this service.  The inlet protectors will be ordered by the next meeting.  Jane Holland is the contact person for the school PTO. 

Bill would like to upscale the look of the EC display table during Cranbury Day.  He will investigate the purchase of a professional display board.

One NOV was received for the construction site of the Police building.  This letter was addressed to the Township.  A re-inspection will be performed on February 24, 2005.  Another NOV for Monroe Medical Supply was received, however this was a Certification Letter.

Pete had investigated soil ordinances.  Hamilton Twp. has a very involved ordinance.  It requires testing of the soil when there is a change in use of land.  It stipulates what samples need to be taken, how to take them, what to test for, how to do the testing and what the results should be.  He found a Mt. Laurel ordinance which simply states that when there is a change in use, soil should be tested and if need be, remediated according to state requirements.  After discussion, Pete will email the Mayor and entertain to develop an ordinance that would meet NJ standards for land use change.

 

CLOSED SESSION

The EC went into closed session to discuss personnel matters (potential new members).     

 

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 February 22, 2005 consisting of ___ 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 22, 2005.

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary