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 March 8, 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 to 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

Anna Drago, James Golubieski, William Mikula, Thomas Patterson, Peter Sibley, David Stout and John Persico, Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Pari Stave, Township Liaison

 

MINUTES

The minutes of February 9, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended.  Peter Sibley made a motion to approve and second by James Golubieski, all were in favor.

 

DISCUSSIONS

            Pari informed EC that Brian Hamilton attended a TC meeting to discuss the PSE&G Energy Saving Program and the options for funding of different energy-saving alternatives for the proposed police building.  Mark Berkowski, architect for the police building, was present at the TC meeting for this discussion.  More will follow in the upcoming months.

Tom Patterson volunteered to contact Rutgers regarding methods to test soil that homeowners could use to evaluate their needs for fertilizer and other soil amendments.  The information could be provided to the public now, and/or made available during Cranbury Day.  He will also locate a soil survey map of residential Cranbury for display on Cranbury Day. 

John asked for suggestions for new projects for 2004.  One item suggested would be to develop a inventory of the Township’s storm water detention basins, such as those on the newly developed warehouse properties.  Currently, there are stream corridors that run along public and private property but nowhere is there a list of of the detention basins that can easily be retrieved or reviewed should the need arise.  Conservation easements and deed information regarding these properties should also be included.  This information would be helpful in regards to the storm water infrastructure. Changes in the state regulations will require updating of local ordinances to comply. 

Another project is mapping of the storm water drains on township and county roads.  The Girls Scouts may accomplish this when they apply the storm drain markers.  Another source of help would come from the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed (SBMWS). 

DISCUSSIONS (cont.)

The 2004 Matching Grant application was made to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (after approval by the TC) to obtain a grant to begin working on an Environmental Resources Inventory (ERI).  When the grant is approved by the NJDEP, EC will be informed so work can commence.  Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) will to help build the ERI.

John and Jim A. are the EC volunteers for the Open Space Subcommittee.

            The Board of Education has made a request to make use of the West Property (Cranbury Preserve).  Pari will talk with Tom Harvey regarding this request.  The TC receives their recommendations from the PB.  The Preserve Ordinance has a use restriction.  A maintenance plan for the Preserve will need to be prepared. 

            Pari informed EC that the TC has renewed the Green Acres Open Space application.  There is a question of the amount of money that is needed for developing/preserving open space.

            The Parks and Recreation Commission needs to map their thoughts for future recreation on existing parcels of township owned land.  John P. will contact Beth Veghte regarding a survey for the needs assessment survey. 

           

APPLICATIONS

            There were no applications from the PB level; however, PB043-02 was discussed along with the original EC memo dated December 2002.  Jim G. will call Josette for her to forward the resolution to Dave for comparison against the EC memo.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 8:30 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 March 8, 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 April 14, 2004.

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary