The regular meeting of the Cranbury
Township Environmental Commission
was held in Town Hallon March 21, 2005 at
CALL TO ORDER
With a quorum present, PeteSibley,
Chairman of the Cranbury Township Environmental
Commission, called the meeting to order and acted as the
Chairman thereof, and LindaM.Scottacted as
Recording Secretary of the meeting.
STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE
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 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
and PeterSibley, Chair.
Press), ConnieBauder, KatyBirckmayer,
JohnReinfelder, and DaveStout.
The minutes of the February 22, 2005 meeting
were reviewed, amended, and approved on a motion by PeteSibley,
second by TomPatterson, all in favor.JimApplegate
Pete welcomed the newest members of the Environmental Commission, JohnKoblandand JimGallagher.Jim
has agreed to represent the EC at the DRC meetings.
now only the alternate positions still vacant on the EC.Two interested residents were present, JohnReinfelder
has been a resident for the past 8 years.He is employed at RutgersUniversity as an
Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences.Katie
has been a resident for the past 5 years and is also employed at RU.Pete
asked Katy to submit a letter of
interest along with an outline of her background, if she is interested in
joining the EC.
announced that he will be unable to attend the April 18th EC
was volunteered to chair the next meeting while JimApplegate
will track the action items and e-mail them to everyone.
Pete discussed the Park Rule Signage
with BethVeghte.Since the last meeting, the list of rules went for attorney review, with
no update, so EC will wait for a new list of rules from the Parks Board.Pete
thought that the short list of rules from the January meeting could be on
display in a kiosk, located at the entrance of the Preserve.The kiosk could be a possible Scout Project.
Pete worked on the draft Fast-Track Resolution, which
recommends opposition to the Fast Track Permitting Act.This was forwarded to the Trishka Waterbury
for review.EC reviewed the draft
ordinance. He will forward a one-page fact sheet to the clerk for distribution
to the TC.Pete
would like to get this on the next TC agenda (March 28) for approval.The State hold on implementation of the FTPA
will end on June 20, 2005.
Pete informed the EC that LarryPlevier
of Hatch Mott MacDonald is preparing the Stormwater Management Plan and the
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan documents.He is also preparing the ordinances that will result from this
attended a subcommittee meeting and reported that this group is making good
progress.The plans and draft ordinance
should be submitted by April 1to the County.Final adoption timeline is in 2006.
of whether Cranbury needs an ordinance regarding grass clippings will need
addressing.Currently, some residents
put the clippings near curbside.This is
not the ideal situation because there is the potential for the clippings to be
washed down the storm drains when it rains.A concerned citizen informed the EC that one of the trash haulers will
take away grass clippings with the trash.
Preserve Management Plan – JimApplegate will walk the preserve
with Laura Coover and BetsyClarke of the Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) on March 29.The NRCS is an organization that will help towns to document a
management plan for nature areas.
Pete and Bill
attended the Township Committee meeting on March 7 to discuss the Stream
Corridor Ordinance.He explained the
desire to develop this ordinance, which the TC supported.The EC was asked to work with the Stormwater
Subcommittee on this issue.A draft of
an ordinance that outlines allowable and prohibited uses will be put together
for TC to review.BillMikula
East Windsor, Hopewell, and Montgomery
ordinances at the previous EC meeting.Some background work was catalogued by the Stony Brook-Millstone
Watershed Assoc. and bound in a book titled "Water Resource Protection in
Your Municipality", which will provide scientific support for the
The Township Committee agreed to
support the EC and the ANJEC Grant application.This will provide funding to hire a professional consultant to lead the
EC with their Environmental Resources Inventory.Pete
supplied the text and pertinent information for this grant to be submitted by
the secretary.Deadline is April 1. The
middle of May is when the EC will be notified of acceptance.Shortly thereafter, work can commence on
selecting a professional.
Pete will contact JoeRogers
regarding the NJDEP ESP grant.
The need for a Soil Testing
Ordinance was discussed at the March 7 TC meeting.This ordinance would require testing of soil
when the land use changes from farming to residential.Pete
informed the EC that Trishka will look at the legality of having such an
ordinance but she would need an ordinance to look at.Pete
thought the Mt.Laurel ordinance is a fine example of
this, which states if there is such a change in the use of the land, testing
according to the DEP testing protocol should occur and the results should meet
the DEP standards.Pete
will forward the Mt.Laurel ordinance to
Trishka for legal review.
The Stormwater Regulations Program
requires an educational program for the residents for the awareness of the
implementation regarding the new stormwater regulations.The SPPP 4 form details the program.There is a requirement for an annual mailing
of a brochure provided by the DEP to residents, which will be included in the 2nd
quarter newsletter.The labeling of the
storm drains will continue.Bill will need to contact MaryJeanMucciarone.
Door hangers will be included with this
The EC should contact the 8th
grade advisor, AndreaCapalena, for the annual 8th
grade car wash fund drive in the fall.The Presbyterian Church also has an annual car wash fund drive.A contact name will be provided through the
secretary.The EC will donate the drain
skirts and environmentally friendly soap.
The Soil Testing Kits are ordered,
but have not yet arrived.They should
arrive within the week to coincide with the article in the newsletter.
The EC table during Cranbury Day
will have available to the public information about the Soil Testing Kits, the
DEP brochure, car washing BMP information, the storm water regulations and
other general information.ANJEC has a
3-panel display board, which they may loan out for functions.John Kobland volunteered
to take the lead on organizing our participation in Cranbury Day.A suggestion was made that the table be
farther away from the band.
Township is gathering information for their new web site.The EC may offer suggestions regarding
educational and informational links that the public can benefit.Possible links could be the ERI, the
Preserve, and car washing.Tom volunteered
to take the lead on this task.
19, John Kobland and Jim Gallagher
attended the ANJEC Environmental Commissioners
Course.Both members felt this was an
informative program and provided copies of their certificate.
Birckmayer asked what the role of EC was in Cranbury.Pete
explained that EC is an advisory board with a budget that makes recommendations
to the Planning Board and Township Committee regarding environmental issues,
reviews site plans and applications, defends natural areas, and pursues deed
restrictions on sensitive lands along stream corridors.
Application No. PB082-04, Virginia Neill/KenMiller,
Block 18.07, Lot 27, 106-108 South Main Street, Minor
Subdivision.EC reviewed the plans and
had no comment.
The EC went into closed session to
discuss personnel matters (potential new member) and review the exec session
minutes of February 22, 2005.
RE-OPEN TO PUBLIC
review of the closed session minutes, meeting reopened and a motion by Pete Sibley, second by Tom
Patterson, all in favor, approved the minutes.
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,
That the foregoing minutes of the Environmental
Commission, held on March 21, 2005 consisting of 3 pages, constitute a true
and correct copy of the minutes of said meeting.
WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed the name of said Environmental
Commission the April