NOTES

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 20, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Peter Sibley, 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 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, 2006, of this meeting's date, time, place, and agenda, was mailed to the news media, was posted on the Township bulletin board, was mailed to those requesting personal notice, and was filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

William Mikula, John Kobland and Peter Sibley, Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Anna Drago and Dietrich Wahler.

 

MINUTES

Due to the lack of a quorum, the review and approval of the February 21, 2006, minutes was deferred until the April meeting.  .

 

WORK SESSION

 

Stream-Corridor Ordinance –Bill Mikula will contact Angela Clerico of the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association for her help in drafting a Stream-Corridor Ordinance, i.e. locating a consultant, applying for grants.  It may be desirable to have Angela attend the April EC meeting.

Anna Drago advised that it is her understanding that the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association is appearing before the Township Committee on March 27, 2006, for the purpose of addressing the Stream-Corridor Ordinance.  Pete will contact Jim Waltman for clarification.         

Dietrich Wahler advised that Hopewell Township recently prepared a Stream-Corridor Ordinance.  The person to contact in Hopewell Township is Ted Stiles.

 

Preserve Management Plan  - The EC reviewed Jim Applegate’s letter to Laura Coover of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  It was noted that the Plan will call for soybeans to be planted this year and the warm season grasses to be planted next spring.  It is the EC’s hope that the revised Preserve Management Plan is received prior to the April meeting.

 

Cranbury Brook Water Sampling – Pursuant to the DEP Grant, the water sampling must be completed before June 30, 2006.  Pete will prepare a letter to the DEP advising that only one water sampling will be done. 

 

Environmental Resource Inventory – The EC will present the ERI to the Planning Board at its April 6, 2006, meeting.  Members of the EC are encouraged to attend.  Barbara Rogers will invite Barbara Palmer of ANJEC to the meeting.

Mr. Wahler questioned if the ERI will relate to zoning.  Pete explained that the ERI maps are superimposed over the Township tax map.

 

 

DISCUSSION

            Pete questioned the removal of soil from the Updike property.  Bill will contact Freehold Soil regarding same and will also inquire of the status of the Cranbury Development Corporation property (Block 10, Lot 10 and Block 12, Lot 10).

 

            The first carwash of the year will be held on Saturday.  The EC will provide soap and 50 copies of the car wash flyer.

 

            Pete advised that he was invited to a meeting regarding the Howarth barn.  Due to a conflict, he did not attend the meeting, but did advise Pari Stave that the EC could use the barn two to three times per year if it was placed near the Preserve; however, the EC would not want to take responsibility for the barn.

 

Pete sent an e-mail to Katy Birckmayer inquiring of her interest to serve on the EC.  He did not receive a response.

 

Pete advised that this was his last EC meeting.  Bill Mikula will act as Chair at the April meeting.  Bill and John praised Pete for his dedication to the EC. 

 

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 notes of the Environmental Commission, held on March 20, 2006, consisting of 2 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the notes of the said meeting. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed the name of said Environmental Commission the _________day of _____________, 2006.

 

 

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary