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 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, James Gallagher, John Kobland, John Reinfelder, Barbara Rogers, and Peter Sibley, Chair.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            David Stout, Township Liaison to the Environmental Commission.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the October 17, 2005, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by John Kobland; seconded by John Reinfelder.  James Gallagher, Barbara Rogers and Pete Sibley in favor; James Applegate abstained.

 

DISCUSSION

The EC reviewed the Year End Report drafted by Pete Sibley.  The Secretary will make the necessary revisions and send the Report to the Township Committee.

 

            The EC reviewed Jim Waltman’s, Executive Director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, letter published in the Cranbury Press on December 2, 2005, regarding the property on Brick Yard Road which includes the remains of the Unexcelled Corporation production facility.  The EC must be on the alert to any applications regarding this property. 

 

WORK SESSION

 

Environmental Resource Inventory – The EC reviewed the draft maps provided by Amy Greene Associates.  Barbara Rogers will contact Amy Greene Associates with desired changes and questions. 

 

Cranbury Brook Preserve – Jim Applegate will attempt to contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service to see if the EC can proceed with the reseeding of the “Scout Field” with native grasses.

George Conley V has completed the message center and has installed three “No Motor Vehicle” signs.  Pete provided possible information to be inserted in the center.  A brochure with a map is desired.

The EC reviewed the Cranbury Brook Preserve map and noted that the “Brook Trail” should be added.

Jim Applegate and Pete Sibley will tour the CBP in January with Sean Grace, Director of the Plainsboro Preserve. 

Dave Stout advised that the Township Committee desires to change the name of the trail in CBP to “Meiss Trail” in honor of Alfred N. Meiss.  He asked that Pete send an e-mail to Tom Witt indicating that the EC has no objection to the name change.  

 

Stream-Corridor Ordinance – Bill Mikula and John Kobland will outline the key components and issues for a Stream-Corridor Ordinance. 

 

Cedar Brook Water Sampling – Bill Mikula will proceed with surface-water sampling with help from John Kobland and/or Jim Applegate.  The Secretary will contact Accutest to confirm water-testing arrangements and obtain the bottles for sampling.

           

            NJDEP Grant – Bill Mikula will be informed if the NJDEP Grant requires an update report.

 

 

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 December 19, 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 _____________, 2006.

 

 

 

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Kristen H. Hamilton, Secretary