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 September 19, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Peter Sibley, 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, 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 Applegate, John Kobland, William Mikula, Thomas Patterson, Barbara Rogers, and Peter Sibley, Chair.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the August 15, 2005, meeting were reviewed and approved as amended on a motion by James Applegate; seconded by William Mikula.  Barbara Rogers and John Kobland in favor; all others abstained.

 

DISCUSSION

The 2006 budget was reviewed.  Membership Dues was increased to $300.00; Miscellaneous Expenses was decreased to $1,850.00.  All other line items stayed the same as 2005. 

 

WORK SESSION

 

Cranbury Day – All members opined that this year’s Cranbury Day was the “best presentation ever”.  Special thanks goes to John Kobland.  It was agreed that next year something is needed to draw people into the booth; for example, large-text banners highlighting each of the principal EC projects, with a handout for each.  Barbara Rogers suggested “Make Your Own Pet Rock” for children.  

 

Progress Toward 2005 Goals

 

New Members – Membership is at full strength.

 

Stormwater Regulations – There has been good progress concerning carwashes.  The Gully Guard installed at the firehouse is working well.  Pete Sibley ordered two inlet devices for the school and Presbyterian Church parking lots.  On October 8, 2005, the 8th grade will be holding a carwash fundraiser.  The EC will supply the carwash flyer as a handout.  Pete Sibley advised that he is having problems getting carwash soap.  Samples are forthcoming.  Bill Mikula will draft BMPs on vehicle washing.

 

 

The storm drain labeling will be a continuing obligation.  Door hangers for the Scouts are printed and available.

 

Cranbury Brook Preserve – Jim Applegate continues to contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service regarding his letter dated June 30, 2005.  He advised that he recently examined the property and noticed a patch of Japanese Knotwood, which needs to be destroyed. 

 

Stream-Corridor Ordinance – Bill Mikula will provide the model stream-corridor documents to John Kobland so he can begin to work on a draft document. 

 

ERI – Tom Patterson will attempt to locate a digital parcel map for Sean Ronan of Amy Greene Associates.  The Tax Office will be contacted for a copy of the tax map.  A request for photographs will be in the quarterly Township newsletter. 

 

Volunteer Projects - The fence along the drive into the West Property has been completed.  George Conley V’s application for a message center kiosk to be located on the West Property has been approved by the Project Review Committee and will now go before the Township Committee.  It was noted that his application was modified to include a “No Motor Vehicles” sign rather than chains to prevent motor-vehicle access.  The EC needs to determine what information should be put in the message center.  A map and brochure was suggested. 

 

All EC members should think about additional volunteer projects for the list.

 

Cedar Brook Water Sampling – Bill Mikula advised that water sampling would be done in the fall.  He will have the scope and parameter list completed before the end of the month.  Bill will research if arsenic should be included in the testing parameters.  John Kobland and Jim Applegate are willing to help with the sampling.

 

The EC reviewed a draft letter to Acting Governor Codey from Pete Sibley in support of DEP Environmental Services Program Funding.  The draft will be forwarded to Dave Stout for review and comment prior to submittal.

 

Soil Testing Kits – Tom Patterson advised that he has received the results of four additional soil test kits from Rutgers.  Thirty test kits have been distributed; 30 remain available.

 

Applications

 

Application No. ZBA-096-05

American Properties @ Cranbury, LLC

Block 6, Lot 14.03

Route 130 North and South River Road

Preliminary and Final Site Plan

 

The EC had no comments on this application.

 

            Bill Mikula will contact Freehold Soil regarding the Initial Application Reviews submitted on Block 6, Lot 14.03, Lenape Court Roadway and California Closets.

 

CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Pete to enter into executive session, seconded by Bill, all in favor.

The EC entered into closed session for discussion of personnel matters.

           

Meeting was reopened to the public. 

           

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 September 19, 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 _______________, 2005.

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary