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 October 17, 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 Gallagher, William Mikula, Thomas Patterson, Barbara Rogers, and Peter Sibley, Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            David Stout, Township Liaison to the Environmental Commission, and Anna Drago.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the September 19, 2005, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by William Mikula; seconded by Barbara Rogers.  Tom Patterson and Pete Sibley in favor; Jim Gallagher abstained.

The minutes for the closed session portion of the September 19, 2005, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Peter Sibley; seconded by William Mikula.  Tom Patterson and Barbara Rogers in favor; Jim Gallagher abstained.

 

DISCUSSION

Pete Sibley advised he would not be present at the November EC meeting.  Since the EC does not anticipate any additional Agenda items that are not being addressed at tonight’s meeting, it was decided that the November meeting would be cancelled.  If any applications need to be reviewed by the EC prior to the December meeting, they will be forwarded to Jim Gallagher, who will provide comments to Dave Stout and Jim Golubieski. 

 

The EC reviewed the calendar for 2006 meeting dates.  2006 meetings will be held on the third Monday of the month with the exception of January and February, which will be held on the third Tuesday due to the Mondays being holidays.

 

 Pete informed the EC that there is a meeting scheduled between the Township and Envirocraft regarding the Wright South soil remediation on October 19th at 3:00 pm.

 

WORK SESSION

 

Cranbury Brook Preserve – Jim Applegate continues to contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a bi-weekly basis.

Pete had a conversation with a representative from the New Jersey Audubon Society regarding the Howarth barn and its possible use to the Society.

The Director of the Plainsboro Preserve is coming in December to walk through CBP.

Dave Stout expressed his desire to honor Al Meese, who was instrumental in Cranbury’s preservation of Unami Woods and other areas, and asked the EC to think about ways to do so, i.e. possibly naming a trail in CBP. 

Pete advised that he has received calls regarding the debris build-up by the dam in Brainerd Lake.  Does the EC have any ideas or suggestions to get rid of it?

 

Stream-Corridor Ordinance – Bill Mikula and John Kobland will draft a Stream-Corridor Ordinance for review at the December meeting. 

Dave Stout advised that he recently attended the Clean Water Council and provided a copy of a notice from the NJDEP regarding its proposed rule establishing riparian zones.  Bill will contact the NJDEP for more information.

 

ERI – A digital parcel map has been sent to Sean Ronan of Amy Greene Associates.  Tom Patterson will take photographs of land use and forward them on to ASGECI together with the photos that Barbara Rogers has collected.

Tom Patterson will submit the quarterly ERI update to ANJEC by November 15, 2005.

 

Volunteer Projects -  The Township Committee has approved George Conley V’s application for a message center kiosk to be located on the West Property.

Pete is in possession of the Gully Guards to be used for the storm drain inlets at the Presbyterian Church and school parking lots during car washes.

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

 

Cedar Brook Water Sampling – Bill Mikula provided the proposed scope and parameter list.  After much discussion, some modifications were made.  Bill Mikula will provide an updated list  and will look into borrowing or renting a probe to check the ph, temperature and DO (dissolved oxygen).         

            NJDEP Grants – If an application is received, it should be forwarded to Bill Mikula to complete in support of continued water sampling.

 

Soil Testing Kits – Tom Patterson provided the results of 12 additional soil test kits from Rutgers. 

 

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 October 17, 2005, 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 _________day of _____________, 2005.

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary