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 April 18, 2005 at 7:15 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Bill Mikula, Acting 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 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

James Applegate, James Gallagher, John Kobland, Thomas Patterson, and Bill Mikula; Acting Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

††††††††††† Connie Bauder, Katy Birckmayer and Kayathri Thangavelu.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the March 21, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended, and approved on a. motion by James Applegate, second by John Kobland, all in favor, Bill Mikula recused himself.

 

WORK SESSION

Cranbury residents, Kayathri Thangavelu and Katy Birckmayer were present to introduce themselves.These two women are interested candidates regarding the 2nd alternate vacancy.

The website committee held a meeting and Tom Patterson was present to represent the EC. He updated EC regarding items that should be included, such as past minutes and updcoming agendas, links, and FAQs.The Cranbury site has a projection of being up and running by May.

††††††††††† Jim Applegate, Dave Stout, and Pete Sibley walked Cranbury Brook Preserve with Betsy Clarke and Laura Coover of the NRCS in March.Recommendations for a Management Plan were discussed which include seeding of the large open area with native grasses and brush management along with other ideas.A written conservation plan will be drafted within the next few weeks for EC to review.

††††††††††† Park Rules Signage has the Parks Department taking the lead on this issue.A suggestion was made regarding a welcoming sign or kiosk near the entrance of the Preserve as a possible scout project.

††††††††††† Stream Corridor Ordinance is moving forward.During a TC meeting, the committee gave the EC approval to develop a SCO.EC will work with the Planning Board, Township Engineer, and any other entity involved.Bill will take the lead on this, but is looking for volunteers to help with this project.

A concerned citizen brought to the attention of EC that there was a meeting of the Regional Stormwater Management Plan Advisory Committee on April 13, 2005.An agenda and a map of Devilís, Shallow, Cedar, and Cranbury Brooks, with information regarding the scheduled surface water monitoring was distributed.This information will be copied for inclusion with the next agenda.

††††††††††† EC will include BMPs with the local Stormwater Management Plan.Vehicle washing is one area to reach out to the public and educate them about the runoff.A filtering device should be used to minimize the amount of suspended solids from reaching the inlets; environmentally friendly soaps would also be utilized.Bill will investigate inlet devices and environmentally friendly soaps.

††††††††††† It was reported that twelve soil test kits have been distributed to date.Jim Applegate will call Stephanie Murphy to get an update of how many kits were actually mailed to RU for results.Perhaps a tally spreadsheet of soil types throughout the community could be mapped and used as a Cranbury Day idea.

††††††††††† Pete will present the Mt. Laurel Soil Testing Ordinance to Trishka.This will enable her to advise whether such an ordinance is within the legal authority of the township.

††††††††††† The NJDEP Matching Grant has received approval for the Surface Water Sampling and Evaluation.Bill is seeking volunteers to help with this project.It was suggested that Cranbury Township coordinate their efforts and share the details of the test results with Middlesex County, who are testing local streams and waterways.

 

APPLICATIONS

††††††††††† PB084-05 Gentle Healing Wellness Spa, Block 5, Lot 16.01, Tom Patterson gave EC a brief overview of this project and recused himself after the briefing.EC recommends when the existing septic system is abandoned; it is done in accordance with the Middlesex County Health Department practices for approval.Storm Water Management Agreement between the Spa owner and Staybridge Suites was reviewed by the Township Attorney.

††††††††††† PB066-03, Ozbotkins,Inc. Hannah & Masonís on Main, Block 23, Lot 54.EC reviewed the supplied application and plans.EC has no comment.

††††††††††† PB060-03, Rock-Cranbury, LLC Middle Campus, Half Acre Rd.,Block 8, Lot 1.01.Final Major Site Plan - Bill recalls that EC previously requested a demolition plan.Secretary will research files for this memo.EC recommends that the demolition plan be done according to the original memo.

††††††††††† PB043-02, Rock Cranbury, LLC-Station Rd., Block 8, Lot 5.01, Amended Preliminary Major Site Plan, appears that interior allowances are being made for additional retail space.The amount of parking spaces is decreasing by one.EC has no comment.

 

CLOSED SESSION

The EC entered into closed session for discussion of personnel matters (potential alternate member) and review the minutes of March 21 closed session.

Meeting was reopened to the public.Action was not taken on the March 21, 2005 exec 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 and,

That the foregoing minutes of the Environmental Commission, held on April 18, 2005 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 May 17, 2005.

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary