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 25, 2008, at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

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 7, 2008, 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, Dietrich Wahlers, John Reinfelder, Tom Patterson, Barbara Rogers, Andrew Johnson and Anna Drago. 

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the December 17, 2007, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Dietrich Wahlers; seconded by Jim Gallagher.  John Reinfelder, Barbara Rogers and Anna Drago abstained; all others in favor.

The notes of the January 28, 2008, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Dietrich Wahlers; seconded by Jim Gallagher.  All others abstained.

 

WORK SESSION

 

Preserve Management Plan – Three signs were received from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which can be posted on the property.  The Public Works Department will be contacted to hang the signs.  Jim will advise where the signs should be posted.    The NRCS will visit the Preserve in the spring.

Jim will forward information on Grasslands Birds to Barbara Rogers, who will review the information for potential Eagle Scout projects, i.e. displays with information on birds, grasses and animals, including the refurbishment of existing benches and birdhouses. 

 

Stormwater Management Plan – The Environmental Commission reviewed a draft Ordinance Amending Chapter 150 of the Code of the Township of Cranbury, entitled “Land Development to Implement Low Impact Development Nonstructural Best Management Practices for Stormwater Runoff” which was received by memorandum from Mason, Griffin & Pierson dated February 14, 2008.  After review of the Ordinance, the Commission opined that Page 3, Paragraph 3, Section 150-44.A.  Driveways. should be changed from “…driveways shall…” to “…driveways may…”.  Page3, Paragraph 4, Section 150.45.B.  Street design standards. should be changed from “…landscaped islands shall…” to “…landscaped islands may…”  The Secretary will send a memorandum to the Township Clerk advising of the comments.

 

            Stream Clean-Up – Andy White from the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed attended the meeting.  Barbara Rogers agreed to be the point person for the clean-up.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The participants will meet in Village Park and branch off from there.  The Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed will send a press release to the Cranbury Press.  A notice should be put in the “Around Cranbury” column of the Cranbury Press and also posted on the Township’s website.  The Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed will provide t-shirts for all participants, gloves and garbage bags. 

 

DISCUSSION

 

            The Secretary transmitted the flyer for the co-sponsored Environmental Commission and Women’s Club meeting on rain gardens to area libraries and surrounding municipalities pursuant to the Women’s Club’s request. 

 

            Dietrich was advised by Freehold Soil that the Order to Show Cause, which was to be filed against the owner of the Holland House, was not done so due to an attorney conflict.  He was advised that Freehold Soil is to visit the owner to “work things out”. 

 

            Dietrich advised that he spoke to the Department of Environmental Protection, who informed him that Middlesex County is to correct the stream banks on Cranbury Brook and remove the concrete; however, no plan is yet in place.

 

            The Secretary advised that more soil testing kits have been purchased.  An article should be placed in the Cranbury Press to advise the public that the testing kits are available. 

 

            The Environmental Commission will try to obtain a copy of the water quality data contained in the Winter, December 2007 issue of “The Stream Watcher”.

 

            John advised that he never heard from Bridget Lundquist regarding the Cranbury School Science Fair.  He will attempt to contact John Haney.

 

            Dietrich questioned the 2% difference between the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in the highlands and wetlands commercial zones.  Tom noted that Hamilton Township applied a discount percentage to the FAR for different degrees of wetlands.  Dietrich will research Hamilton’s ordinance and contact Christine Smeltzer to see if the Planning Board Attorney can come to an Environmental Commission meeting to discuss same.

 

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 minutes of the Environmental Commission, held on February 25,2008, 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 ______ day of ________, 2008.

 

 

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary