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 December 13, 2004 at 7:00 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, David Stout, acting 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 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 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

Anna Drago, James Golubieski, William Mikula, Peter Sibley, David Stout.  James Applegate called to say he will not be able to attend.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the October 11, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended.  Motion by Pete Sibley to approve, second by Bill Mikula, Jim Golubieski abstained, all others in favor.

 

DISCUSSIONS

            John Persico was present to say good-bye to the EC.  He thanked the EC for their support, while he was an active member, for the past 10 years.  They in turn, thanked him for his contributions. 

This is Anna Drago’s last meeting also.  Anna has been a great contribution and resource as a contact for the personnel at the Watershed.  She has been a Watershed member/volunteer for many years and knows a lot about their programs, which has lead to a terrific relationship for the EC.  She has been involved a SBMWA volunteer water-testing program in Cranbury and has been involved with the Turtle Project, and has organized the EC table during Cranbury Day.  She returned a storm drain marker for the EC file.

            Rick Leer informed David that Kathy Easton would lead the Owl Walk that is scheduled for January 14, 2005.  Peter has volunteered to write an article for publication in the next township newsletter.  Anna will reserve the Gourgaud Gallery for after the walk refreshments.

            New members are needed to fill the recent vacancies.  Many qualified individuals were suggested.  Jim Applegate, David Stout and Anna Drago made suggestions.  All individuals must be Cranbury residents.  These interested individuals need to send a cover or letter of interest along with their resume.  Pete will take the chair for 2005.  He informed EC that at the end of 2005, he will be moving away from Cranbury. 

Pete Sibley thought it would be appropriate for TC to recognize John for his dedication while serving on EC.  While under his leadership, EC has reviewed and made suggestions for Planning and Zoning applicants that have resulted in bettering the land that would have gone on the wayside while area lands developed.

 

A portable and disposal filtration system to capture the soapy runoff was suggested for when Scouts or local students have fund raising car washes.  A cofferdam filtration system and the use of environmentally friendly cleaning agent was discussed.  Funds ($500) will be encumbered for point of use control devices for use by the fire co. scouts or school to help manage runoff into the water system.  Bill M. will get the vendor information for this. 

           

NEW BUSINESS

            A suggestion of air quality issues be addressed in the new year.

            Potential projects for the 2005 year:

·         Active storm water role

·         Increase members (including two alternates)

·         Management plan for Cranbury Brook Preserve

·         Stream Water Ordinance (Wetlands in NJ) progress

·         ERI

Storm water regulation update includes an upcoming adoption date for TC and PB of April 1st for storm water pollution prevention, storm water management and start a public education program.  Cathy Marcelli is working on the pollution prevention and management plan.  EC would like to be involved in this process.  Jim G. stated that this issue has not been discussed on the PB level. 

            Dave suggested that SBMWA and Cathy M. attend the January EC meeting.  February may be a more realistic date.  Turtle Project, Scout projects and upcoming filtration system all have a role with the new regulations, which should be taken into account.  EC should consult with SBMWA.  Dave will talk with Tom Harvey.

 

OLD BUSINESS

            The TC approved the Volunteer Guidelines for all volunteer projects on public lands.  This is the written criteria to help all proposed projects move forward in a timely manner.

           

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 8:45 pm.

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

 

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 December 13, 2004 consisting of __ 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 _________________, 2004.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary