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 15, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

William Mikula, Acting 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, James Gallagher, James Applegate, John Reinfelder, Dietrich Wahlers and Barbara Rogers.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Anna Drago

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the April 17, 2006, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by James Applegate; seconded by John Reinfelder.  James Gallagher and William Mikula in favor; Dietrich Wahlers and Barbara Rogers abstained.

            The minutes for the closed session portion of the April 17, 2006, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by James Applegate; seconded by John Reinfelder.  James Gallagher and William Mikula in favor; Dietrich Wahlers and Barbara Rogers abstained.

 

WORK SESSION

 

Stream-Corridor Ordinance – Angela Clerico of the Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed Association will be present at the June EC meeting and may have a full draft of the Ordinance for review.  All EC members should draft a Purpose Statement for the Stream-Corridor Ordinance by the June meeting.  Jim Gallagher questioned as to whether the Master Plan and other useful references are available online.  Bill Mikula indicated that he would advise the EC as to what is available. 

 

Preserve Management Plan  - The Township Committee has endorsed the Conservation Plan provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Since the Plan must be approved by the NRCS prior to work taking place, no work would be able to be completed until next spring.  Jim Applegate will contact Dave Stout to confirm that the Plan is acceptable to the Township Committee as written and that no changes are required.  The final draft will include language from a recent Audubon Magazine on native grass species.

Jim Applegate indicated that the NRCS will reimburse the Township after the work is completed, so the Township must provide funding up front.  The NRCS estimates the price at $500.00 per acre.

Bill Mikula has been approached by a resident who wants to contribute $1,000.00 toward the reseeding project.  Bill Mikula will discuss the matter with Tom Witt.

 

Cranbury Brook Water Sampling – The water sampling should be completed before the end of May. 

 

Environmental Resource Inventory –Barbara Rogers will contact Tom Patterson to see if the final report has been completed.

 

Review of Proposed Ordinance 05-06-13 – The EC reviewed a copy of the proposed Ordinance.  Dietrich Wahlers stated his objection to the adoption of the Ordinance as he feels a Recreation Master Plan should be completed before the definition of “open space” is changed.  Jim Applegate made a motion to send a memo to the Planning Board in view of the vagueness of the definition and the prematurity of same without a Recreation Master Plan.  All members voted in favor of the Motion, with the exception of Barbara Rogers, who abstained.  Dietrich Wahlers will prepare a draft memo to the Planning Board for review.

 

Kiosk – Kristen Hamilton indicated that former Chair Pete Sibley had requested that Jim Applegate serve as the keeper or administrator of the Kiosk constructed at the entrance to the West Property.  Jim Applegate will consider upon understanding what the requirements are. 

 

DISCUSSION

            An Eagle Scout project has been proposed for the trail in Unami Woods.  The EC should walk the site before the plan is submitted to the Township. 

 

APPLICATIONS

            The EC reviewed a copy of a letter from ENSR dated April 2006, advising that an application will be submitted for a Freshwater Wetlands Permit for the Unexcelled property (Block 10, Lot 10; Block 12, Lot 1).  A motion was made by John Reinfelder and seconded by Jim Gallagher, that a letter should be prepared advising of the EC’s concerns that it is an environmentally sensitive area and the timing for the disturbance of the property is critical.  Jim Applegate will draft the letter.

 

            The EC reviewed the Remedial Investigation Report dated February 23, 2006, prepared for the Mobil Service Station property.  Barbara Rogers will confirm that the site is listed on the ERI as a contaminated area.

 

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 May 15, 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