NOTES 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 November 8, 2004 at 7:20 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Without a quorum present, John Persico, Chairman of the Cranbury Township Environmental Commission could not call a meeting to order.  Notes taken by Linda M. Scott Recording Secretary for the Commission.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Bill Mikula, Tom Patterson, David Stout and John Persico, Chair.

 

MINUTES

Due to lack of quorum, the minutes of August 16, 2004 meeting were not reviewed to approve.  They will be placed on the next EC agenda. 

 

DISCUSSION

            The GIS program of Cranbury Township will be located for the next EC meeting.  It is unknown if it is an ARC GIS program.  Secretary will take responsibility for this. 

            Bill had listed some ideas for the EC intern should this come to fruition.  This list can be added to or edited by other members.  He stated that his place of employment will be hiring a Rutgers intern, but did not know of the particulars.  He will report this during the next EC meeting.

            Tom raised the question of the intern using the Rutgers computer program.  Another idea of the GIS information perhaps can be obtained through Hatch Mott MacDonald. 

            Bill spoke with Steve Grosch of Freehold Soil.  He states that K.Hovnanian is in violation of the having hay bail, wood, soil, and sediment in areas of construction.  This NOV was sited as poorhouse keeping by Freehold Soil.  There is no evidence of off site discharge, just sediment release.  K.Hovnanian has until the 20th to comply, should this not happed a stop work order can be issued.

            The 2005 meeting dates were reviewed.  They are the normal second Monday of each month.

            The 2005 budget was reviewed.  Bill suggested that EC look into the possibility of purchasing a filter system for local groups when a car wash is organized.  This filter sits on top of the storm sewer filtering what would eventually lead to the water system.  Another suggestion was of donating one or two books at the local public library regarding trees or the environment.  Dave will contact the secretary with title suggestions. 

            Ideas to have the EC receive a subscription for S & T magazine or Garden State Enviro News was briefly discussed, but was nixed.

            Distribution of soil sample kits by the EC was another idea discussed.  Jim Applegate has a contact person at Rutgers that would help secure these kits.  John will email Jim regarding this issue.

            The matching grant for 2004 was not approved by the NJDEP.  The matching grant for 2005 is due by December 15.  Suggested ideas include a GIS Inventory or perhaps pay a volunteer/intern to perform the GIS Inventory.  According the regulations in the 2005 Grant Guidelines this volunteer/intern is an eligible expense. 

 

 

            Bill Mikula informed the EC that while the Turtle Project discs were being adhered to the storm drains, MJ Mucciarone was cross-referencing the locations of each drain from a map supplied by Cathy Marcelli.  She also indicated which drains were marked with the discs. 

            An Eagle Scout is interested in using the Unami Woods to install bird houses.  Bill will meet with the Scout sometime this coming week. 

           

 

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 November 8, 2004 consisting of 2 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the notes. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed the name of said Environmental Commission the January _____, 2005.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary