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 July 12, 2004 at 7:06 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, Bill Mikula, Peter Sibley, David Stout and John Persico, Chair.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of May 10, 2004 meeting were reviewed and approved. James Applegate made a motion to approve and second by David Stout, all were in favor. The notes of June 14, 2004 were reviewed.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Keith Vincelette of Troop #52 was present to explain his Eagle Scout Project to the members of EC who missed the June 14 presentation. A brief discussion followed the explanation of the Bike Path in Village Park. For safety reasons, discussion of installing a fence running parallel to Route 130 was addressed. On this isolated wet area, there are woody vines with no environmental implications and a black willow tree that EC would like not see destroyed. There are no man made structures or any negative impacts with minimal disturbances for EC to be concerned. EC endorses this project. Jim Applegate will write a memo and forward it to the secretary (cc Beth V.). It was suggested that Keith review NRCC or Park websites for generic bike path information.

Greg Bredariol of Troop #52 was present to explain his Eagle Scout Project for the EC members. His proposed project includes building a culvert under a road on the West Property. This particular road has a tendency to puddle for an extended period after a rain. The 12D X 40L pipe will run under the road to allow water to drain. It will have a removable screen on both ends to keep animals away. It was suggested that more research be done. The NJDEP 100 year flood line maps will need to be checked, it was stated that adding, and building up in this zone is not permitted. The Green Acres parcels will need to be considered. EC expressed to Greg that he did an excellent job with the survey and his thoroughness; however, there may be constraints beyond EC control. Bill stated that he might be available to walk this area with Greg this week. It was suggested that Greg visit the US Forestry website for further info. He will stop in Town Hall to view the 100 year flood line maps.

Bill walked the Unami Woods again for a clearer picture of a defined route for an Eagle Scout project in the fall 2004. It is suggested that the crest near the brook would be advantageous.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Pete presented charts, a map of the stormwater test sites and a handout for the stormwater runoff for residents as they visit the EC table during Cranbury Day.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Bill met with Steve Grosch to discuss the NOVs and get updates on Cabot and the Home Depot sites. No current violation notices have been received.

The stream corridor subcommittee has not met. Tom Patterson and Jim Golubieski are part of that committee.

Route 92 issue was addressed in a letter and sent to Township Committee. The Township Committee used excerpts from the EC memo that spoke favorably of this new roadway.

The Cranbury Brook Preserve has Lisa R. of Mason, Griffin & Pierson working on the details so that the Township Committee can review this document. It has a summer timeline.

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.

The cover letter for the Surface Water Sampling Grant was signed by John Persico and will be forwarded the NJDEP. Peter will draft a letter to the Cranbury Press informing that qualified individuals performed testing throughout the past year. EC agrees that Pete and Bill dedicated themselves to do an outstanding job collecting the samples and submitting them for analyses. Bill volunteered information regarding a northern water snake that has take residence near the Veterans Park.

The Turtle Project moved forward with some decals applied to Main Street and the Evans Tract. The Cub or Boy Scouts will volunteer to complete this task.

Wright South arsenic issue is awaiting bids for the demolition and remediation.

July 29 at Cook College, storm water seminars will be held hosted by the state for area municipalities. Bill will contact Tom Harvey to discuss sending an individual to attend this seminar.

 

APPLICATIONS

PB060-03 Rock Cranbury-Dave will attend the DRC or TC meeting to express any concerns.

PB375-99 K Hovnanian; EC would like to have confirmed that the imported soil that was used during the construction process is the same soil that will be exported. Once verified, the EC has no concern, but the EC seeks that native soil stay in Cranbury.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 8:35 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 July 12, 2004 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 October 20, 2004.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary