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 May 10, 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

James Applegate, Anna Drago, Jim Golubieski, Peter Sibley, David Stout and John Persico, Chair.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of April 12, 2004 meeting were reviewed and approved.  Anna Drago made a motion to approve and second by Peter Sibley, John Persico was in favor.

 

NEW BUSINESS

            John did not have a chance to follow up with Angela Clerico of the SBMWS or Joseph Rodgers, coordinator of the NJDEP grant program, regarding the denial details of the ERI matching grant for 2004.

            Township Administrator forward a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to the EC for comment on the NJ Turnpike Authority Route 92 bypass.  Jim G. feels that the impact to the environment is a positive stating the reduction of the vehicle traffic off the local roads and the decrease of air/noise pollution would merit this trade of wetlands.  Jim A. is in favor of this Route 92 also.  He reviewed the DEIS information that was supplied by the Army Corps of Engineers.  He favors the environmentally friendly road elevation that rises and dips several times through the wetlands allowing native creatures to cross from one side to the other.  Comments for this report are due to the Dept. of the Army by June 14, 2004.

The Stream Corridor Ordinance (SCO) subcommittee has not met as of this date.  Dave reviewed the ordinances from other townships.  Anna obtained an updated ordinance from Hopewell, which was distributed prior to this meeting to Tom, Dave and Pete. 

           

OLD BUSINESS

Cathy Marcelli will provide a legal description of the Cranbury Brook Preserve boundaries to the Township Committee for their review.  It was stated that the Boy Scout field is still being mowed.  EC’s intent is that this field should be mowed only twice a year, and this will be included in the maintenance plan for the preserve once it has been formalized.  The birdhouse Scout project just recently been vandalized.  The houses were perched high on trees while some of them housed nests with eggs.  The leaseholder of the township-owned land adjacent to Cranbury Brook  removed an aboveground storage tank, and relocated the tank outside the stream corridor.

Dave, Pete and Bill walked in the Unami Woods this past Saturday.  Defining trails could be a proposed Scout project.  Bill was not present to.

Pete will write the final report that must be sent to the NJDEP regarding the surface water sampling program status (which NJDEP provided grant money to help fund).  EC will send this report before to the TC before is mailed to the NJDEP, with a deadline for reviewing.

Anna received a Princeton Elm tree for her dedicated years of service to the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Assoc.  She would like to donate this beautiful specimen to the Township.  One thought was to plant it in the preserve.  However, the proposed use restrictions for the preserve do not allow new plantings.  It was considered that the tree would be best suited for a park like environment.

            Two NOVs were received this month.  One issued to Cabot Dist. regarding a “Complete Compliance Required”.  EC does not recall receiving this type of NOV before and will ask Bill to contact Steve Grosch for an explanation.

            The Turtle Project has no updates.  Bill will report when he attends the next meeting.

            Wright South has no new updates.

            A resignation letter dated and received on May 10, 2004 from Edwin Liu.  Township Committee did receive the original letter.  This vacancy moves the alternates up.  Anna will be full member and Tom Patterson will move to first alternate status.  John will call David Thomsson, 6 Washington Drive to discuss his interest with becoming involved with the EC.  Should his interest wane, he will contact Lorraine for a blurb in her article of the Cranbury Press.

            Tom was not available for an update regarding the soil test kits and Cranbury Day.  Details will need to be worked out should RU require money to exchange hands for the sale of the kits.

Bike Path discussion with Beth Veghte and Keith Vincelette will be moved to the June 14 agenda.

The Natural Lands Network will be held in Cranbury Township Town Hall on June 9 beginning at 4:00 pm.  Anna stated that this meeting is usually not well attended and encouraged members on the EC to attend. 

John updated the Recreation Dept. Cranbury Community Census and the involvement of the Cranbury Preserve questions.  Secretary will add the updates to the questionnaire and email this to Beth to meet the required deadline date.

 

APPLICATIONS

            ZBA068-03; Monroe Medical Supplies, Block 18.02, Lot 10. Use Variance  & Site Plan.  EC reviewed this application and found no environmental issues.

ZBA072-04; Benjamin & Denise Ben-Attar, Block 25, Lot 33.031, Bulk Variance for Fencing.  EC reviewed this application and found the fencing plan to be on the inside of the buffer.  There are no environmental issues.

PB064-03 & PB064-03; Kerzner Associates. Block 2, Lots 2, 2.01, 2.02 Preliminary & Final Subdivision / Site Plan.  EC reviewed these applications and recommended the that applicant use only native plant species, avoiding the planting of ornamental non-native species, such as Japanese Crabapple and Japanese Zelkova.  A memo will be sent to PB.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 8:25 pm.

 

 

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 May 10, 2004 consisting of 3 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 July14, 2004.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary