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 16, 2005 at 7:05 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Pete Sibley, 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 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, 2005 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

James Gallagher, John Kobland, John Reinfelder, and Peter Sibley; Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Connie & Bill Bauder, Anna Drago, Kathy Easton, Beth Veghte, Kayathri Thangavelu, Katy Birckmayer, Barbara Rogers and John Pumis (arrived 8:25pm).

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the April 18, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended, and approved on a motion by Pete Sibley, second by James Gallagher, all in favor.

 

DISCUSSIONS

            Several citizens were present to express their concern and dismay at the subcontractor working on the Wright South property, cleaning the debris from the site, and the moving of the soil.  Some of the soil on the site has been shown to contain arsenic.  Pete Sibley informed the citizens that he would contact Cathy Marcelli to address the EC issues regarding the soil disturbance and a time schedule on this site. 

Beth Veghte of the Parks Commission was present to discuss the Cranbury Preserve signage. The Parks Commission would like to have the rules and regulations posted so enforcement is possible.   Beth proposes signage at the entrance from the drive near the soccer fields.   EC is also interested in posting the rules in a kiosk with other pertinent information to the Preserve.  There is a separate ordinance for the Preserve, different from the Park Ordinance.  Additions and deletions on the signage were discussed.  Beth will return to the EC after drafting a list of the rules specific to the Preserve. 

The Project Volunteer List for EC should be forwarded to the liaison of the Township Committee.   Pete will contact Rich Vincellette regarding their car wash fundraising schedule.   The Presbyterian Church also holds car washes, but they will call the EC when they have a car wash.  EC will donate environmentally friendly soaps to this type of cause.  Inlet protectors should be available for them also.

Pete informed EC that a Princeton H.S. student and Cranbury resident, Jill Westerberg, designed a car-washing flyer as a class project.  Pete worked with Jill directing her to informative web sites for her information flyer, which was passed around for the EC to review.  This flyer will make a great insert for the next newsletter and as a giveaway at carwashes and on Cranbury Day.  In addition, it doubles as a part of the required new stormwater regulation.  It appears that the High School is an untapped resource where the teachers and youth may offer opportunities to interact with the EC. 

The NJDEP Matching Grant (ES05-034) was approved for the Surface Water Sampling and Evaluation.   Roll call for the required resolution was made with James Gallagher, John Kobland, John Reinfelder and Peter Sibley present, 4 Ayes, James Applegate, James Golubieski, William Mikula, and Thomas Patterson were absent.  Secretary will forward all required forms to complete and ensure the funds.   July 1 marks the date when the actual work can begin testing Cedar Brook above and below the landfill area.  Bill will develop a plan for the sampling of Cedar Brook.

Tom Patterson worked with the website committee regarding the EC portion.  The site is up and running and from the looks of it, he did a great job.  Any updates to the site can be emailed to the Township Administrator who will forward them to the webmaster for posting.  EC members, minutes and agendas will be updated.  Tom supplied a handout for items of consideration to the site, such as FAQ, additional questions and useful links to other sites.  John Reinfelder, John Kobland, Jim Gallagher, and Pete Sibley will work on answering some suggested additional questions for the FAQs.

There have been 15 soil test kits distributed to residents, with three samples tested.  EC can obtain the results.  There was concern about the kits being taken by residents but not being submitted for testing.  Secretary has a record of phone numbers, who picked the kits up, and when.  Pete will contact Josh Appelbaum of the Cranbury Press to inform him that there are more testing kits available for residents. 

Kevin Van Hise, an attorney, looked at the Mt. Laurel Soil Testing Ordinance and advised that such an ordinance is within the legal authority of the Township and could be adapted for Cranbury Township.  Secretary will include this ordinance for the EC to review in detail at the next meeting, to see if any changes are needed to suit our Township.

Goals for 2005 were reviewed.  The drafts of the Municipal Stormwater Management Plan and the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan have made progress and have been submitted to the County for review.  Annual report has been submitted.  Public awareness brochures will be distributed via newsletter as part of the outreach requirement.  On June 9 there will be discussion of the Stormwater plans and ordinances during the Planning Board meeting, which Bill and Tom will attend.  The labeling of the storm drains needs to be resumed, and we want to provide door hangers for educational outreach.  John R. will design hangers specific to Cranbury.

John K. will call ANJEC for additional information that may benefit the EC table on Cranbury Day.  He will inquire about obtaining a loaner threefold display board for this day.  

In March 2005, Betsy Clarke and Laura Coover of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) along with Jim A., Dave Stout, and Pete Sibley walked the Cranbury Brook Preserve.  A management plan will be drawn up for the EC to review.  It was stated that the season for seeding has been missed and that mowing of the Scout Field will continue through until seeding time.  Jim informed the secretary that he did receive information from the NRCS but not the draft.

Pete asked Katy Birckmayer, who expressed interest in working for the EC, to develop a map of the Preserve showing details of trails and such for display in the kiosk.  It appears that no digital map of this area is available to use as a starting point.  The consultant that we get for the ERI may be able to provide this.  

            The development of a Stream Corridor Ordinance has endorsement from the TC.  Bill M. has been dedicating his time, but needs a volunteer or two to help with or take the lead.  John Kobland agreed to help.        

            The ANJEC Grant has been approved for the ERI.  It is not as much as requested, but ANJEC did provide a few recommendations of consultants that are capable of doing this at approximately $10,000.  Leg work by the EC, Township employees, and volunteers will help keep costs down.  Pete will solicit proposals from consultants and will then be looking for a lead to carry on with this project.

            Pete opened discussion with the three candidates for the open alternate position.  Kayathri, Katy and Barbara are residents and spoke of their desire to join the EC.

            The NJDEP is offering low-interest loans for lake dredging.  The TC asked EC for a recommendation. This was last done approximately 30 years ago.  There is concern of what would happen with the dredged sediment.  Despite the shallowness, there is no problem with overgrowth of vegetation.  Pete will contact Cathy M. and David S. about the recommendation.

 

APPLICATIONS

            ZBA086-05, Sandra Majeski, Block 20, Lot 44,  20 Ryan Rd., bulk variance for a fence.  EC reviewed this application and had no comment.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

            Concerned citizens reiterated the issue of the Wright South property and the subcontractor doing the clean up.  They also stated that there is a summer recreation program involving many kids. They would like to have the kids relocated to another place while work is being done at this site.  Pete stated that he would contact Cathy M. to inform her of the concerns from the citizens and the environmental issues on this site.  A remediation plan endorsed by the EC has been forwarded to the NJDEP that awaits approval.

           

CLOSED SESSION

The EC went into closed session to discuss personnel matters (potential new member).       

 

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 May 16, 2005 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 June 20, 2005.

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary