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 June 18, 2007, at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, James Gallagher, 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 2, 2007, 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, Dietrich Wahlers and Paul Mullen.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Anna Drago and Bill Bauder.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the May 21, 2007, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by John Reinfelder; seconded by Jim Gallagher.  All in favor.

 

WORK SESSION

 

Preserve Management Plan – Jim believes that the planting has been completed.  He did have a call from a neighbor questioning the work.  Jim will prepare something to be put on the Township’s website notifying the public of the project.

 

Stormwater Management Plan – The model ordinances provided by letter dated April 30, 2007, from the Middlesex County Public Health Department should be compared to the Township Code to make sure the requirements have been complied with.  An inquiry should be made of the Township Engineer to see if the required updates have been added to the ordinances. 

 

Kristen will request a copy of the Annual Report and Certification Tier A NJPDES Municipal Stormwater General Permit from the Township Clerk.

 

            Applications

Application No. PB-134-07

Dr. Stuart Alexander

Block 23, Lot 65, Zone VC

19 North Main Street

Minor Site Plan

 

 

The EC reviewed the application and has no comment.

 

Application No.  ZBA-077-04

Perrine Pontiac – Hummer Showroom

Block 10, Lot 12.02; Route 130

Preliminary and Final Site Plan

 

Jim will prepare and send comments to the Zoning Board.

 

DISCUSSION

 

            Barbara Rogers sent an email advising that about thirty people attended the National River Clean Up on June 2nd.   Ten bags of garbage and three tires were collected.

 

Dietrich Wahlers contacted Freehold Soil for an update on the Holland House and was advised that the matter has been turned over to their attorney.

 

John Kobland has attempted to contact the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association for an update on its scheduled education programs.  John provided a copy of the Watershed’s newsletter, which includes an advertisement for a program to be held in Cranbury on July 7th.  Kristen will prepare something to be put on the Township’s website and in the Cranbury Press regarding the program. 

 

Information on the Geese Police contract was provided to the EC.  The Township has requested that the EC review the contract options.  Kristen will see if a representative from the Geese Police will come to the July meeting.

 

Kristen will request copies of the arsenic report and the certified report dated 2/7/07 on the Wright’s Roses property and inquire when the sealing of the monitoring wells will take place.

 

A letter was received advising of a grant and loan program available for funding remediation of contamination caused by leaking underground storage tanks.  It was suggested that this information be included in the next Township newsletter.

 

            Jim requested that all EC members forward their contact information to him.

 

            Anna Drago inquired of the status of the Steam Corridor Ordinance.  Dee advised that he and Jim Gallagher met with Dave Stout last week and discussed whether or not the existing ordinance should stay.  Dave is reviewing the matter with counsel.

 

            Bill Bauder provided pictures of Cedar Brook and the earthen dam between North Main Street and Petty Road, which is clogged.  Mr. Bauder feels it is a waste of time to repair the Petty Road Bridge without addressing the dam issue.  Jim Gallagher advised that he will speak with the Township Engineer.

 

            Mr. Bauder also provided pictures of liquid waste from the dumpster located on Bennett Place going into the storm drain, which needs to be rectified.  Jim advised Mr. Bauder to contact the Cranbury Housing Authority.  The EC felt the only way it can be involved is to continue to provide education to residents.

 

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 June 18, 2007, consisting of 3 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 _____________, 2007.

 

 

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary