TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

MAY 7, 2007

 

The regular meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury was held at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room.  Answering present to the roll call was: Township Committee members:  Thomas F. Panconi, Jr., Richard Stannard, Pari Stave, Wayne Wittman and Mayor David J. Stout.  Also present was: Kevin Van Hise, Esquire, Attorney, Thomas C. Witt, Administrator and Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk.  Mayor Stout led in the salute to the flag and Ms. Cunningham gave the following Open Public Meetings Act statement:

 

In accordance with Section 5 of the Open Public Meetings Act, it is hereby announced and shall be entered into the minutes of this meeting that adequate notice of this meeting has been provided:

 

(1)                 Posted on December 1, 2006 on the Bulletin Board of the Municipal

Office at 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey and remains posted at that location.

 

(2)                 Communicated to the Cranbury Press, Home News Tribune and Trenton Times on December 1, 2006.

 

(3)                 Was filed on December 1, 2006 with a Deputy Municipal Clerk at the Cranbury Municipal Office, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey and remains on file for public inspection, and

 

(4)                 Sent to those individuals who have requested personal notice.

 

Committee Minutes of April 23, 2007

    On motion by Mr. Stannard, seconded by Ms. Stave and unanimously carried, the Regular Committee Minutes of April 23, 2007 were adopted.

 

Closed Session Minutes of April 23, 2007

    On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Stannard and unanimously carried, the Closed Session Minutes of April 23, 2007 were adopted.

 

Reports and Communications

--Mayor

       Mayor Stout reported on Arbor Day, April 27, 2007, the Township had celebrated the annual event and had dedicated “Dossin Meadow” (in memory of Judy Dossin, former Parks and Shade Tree Chairwoman who had passed away several months ago) at Heritage Park.  Mayor Stout thanked everyone for attending and gave a special thanks to the Public Works Department for keeping everyone dry by putting up a tent. 

 

        Mayor Stout also reported since the last Township meeting, he had been in contact with Middlesex County and Plainsboro regarding the bridge on Plainsboro Road and all three entities were working on a solution to fixing the bridge.

 

        Mayor Stout reported on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, Trishka Waterbury, Township Attorney and he had met with representatives of Viridian Partners LLC, Assistant Commissioner Adam Zellner of the Department of Environmental Protection and staff members for a tour of the former Unexcelled site.  The purpose of the meeting was to let the Deputy Commissioner visit the site again.

 

         Mayor Stout reported on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, Committeewoman Stave and he had attended an “Implementing Green Technology and Sustainability” seminar, sponsored by the Middlesex County Show Room of Environmental Technology.  Freeholder Jim Polos had organized a very-well attended and informative event.  Two topics discussed, which the Township hopes to consider, were green building design and clean energy municipal audits.  In short, the event underscored the value of the Township’s forthcoming energy audit.  There        

 

Reports and Communications

--Mayor (Continued)

 

had also been presentations on lead building design by other municipalities (lead building design leadership in energy and environmentally-designed buildings).    One of the

presentations referenced the new Plainsboro Library as well as the concept plans for the    new Princeton Medical Center. 

 

Mayor Stout stated over the past two weeks, several residents had approached him and asked about the health and retirement benefits that are presently being provided to Township employees.  As noted during the 2007 Budget Hearings, this subject merits review and will be addressed during the 2008 budget Hearings.

 

Mayor Stout reported he had received correspondence from State Senator Joseph Vitale, requesting the Township adopt a Resolution for the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign”, which promotes active living and healthy lifestyles and for the Township residents.  Mayor

Stout indicated, if there were no objections, he will sign the pledge and list the Resolution on the next Township Committee Meeting Agenda.

 

Mayor Stout reported he had received correspondence from Ms. Marcelli, Township Engineer, requesting the Township move forward and issue specs for the D.O.T.-funded construction from Half Acre Road to South River Road.

 

Mayor Stout reported Max Spann, Auctioneer, has scheduled the auction of the Barclay property for June 15, 2007.

 

--Members of Committee

        Mr. Panconi reported he had held his monthly meeting with the Fire Company on Sunday, May 6, 2007:  The Fire Company had responded to a total of 28 calls during the month of April: 13 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 9 calls from 7:00 – 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Of the 9 calls, 6 were false alarms.  Mr. Panconi stated during the recent flooding, the Fire Company had responded to 11 calls to “dewater” residences.  The new rescue/pumper truck is still scheduled for delivery in June.  The Chief had reached out to Louisiana to inquire if they were interested in the ’76 pumper truck (being replaced with the new one).  Mr. Wittman requested if Louisiana is not interested, there were fire companies in Kansas who may be interested.

 

      Ms. Stave reported she had attended the recent Board of Health Monthly Meeting on May 10, 2007.  Mr. Kevin Van Hise, Board of Health Attorney, was present at the meeting.  Ms. Stave commended Mr. Panconi for his two appointments to the Board of Health during his tenure as Mayor; Dr. Notterman and Dr. Coumbus.  Ms. Stave reported Ms. Bernice Shapiro, Chairperson, had resigned from the Board of Health and had moved from Cranbury Township to Washington, D.C.   Ms. Stave indicated the Township Committee would be honoring Ms. Shapiro with a Resolution at a future Township Committee meeting.  Ms. Cheryle Coyle is the new Chairperson for the Board of Health. At the meeting, Dr. Coumbus gave a presentation on rabies and how it is spread.  The purpose of the discussion was to begin to establish a protocol to deal with any future rabies incidents in the Township.  Both the Police Department and the Animal Control Officer were present.

 

        Ms. Stave also reported the Township had received a letter from The Council on Affordable Housing stating the Appellate Division had granted C.O.A.H.’s motion for a stay, to allow municipal exclusionary ordinances to remain in effect pending the adoption of C.O.A.H.’s rules.  The Township’s Growth Share Ordinance will still be in effect with no need to go back to the Zoning Board.

 

 

 

 

--Members of Committee

        Ms. Stave also stated she and Mr. Witt had met earlier in the evening with representatives from Edaw, Designers who previously had worked on the proposed Wright South baseball field.  Ms. Stave indicated Edaw was brought up to date on the project and the project should be ready to put out to bid by late Summer/early Fall.

 

        Mr. Wittman reported on April 26th he and Ms. Stave had attended the Board of Recreation Commissioners monthly meeting.  Mr. Wittman indicated he would be giving a full report later on in the meeting under the Work Session with Ms. Veghte and a few members of the Board of Recreation Commissioners.

 

        Mr. Stannard reported on Saturday, May 5, 2007, he and several members of the Lions Club had met and cleaned out three of the barns at Barn Park.  One of the barns is scheduled for demolition shortly and the other two will be salvaged.

     

Agenda Additions/Changes

             Ms. Cunningham, Clerk, announced Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-100-A was being added to the Consent Agenda.  Also Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-094 was being added to the Agenda and read the Resolution in to the record:

 

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP RESOLUTION #R 05-07-094

 

    WHEREAS, Thomas C. Witt joined the staff of the Township of Cranbury on July 20, 1981, becoming the Director of the Department of Public Works in 1992, and serving as Township Administrator since 2005; and,

 

    WHEREAS, magnificent trees and plantings grace Cranbury’s well-maintained parks and thoroughfares as a result of Tom’s care and expertise, and;

 

    WHEREAS, holiday decorations in the Historic Village mark seasons and festivals in the most elegant and appropriate manner possible because of Tom’s sense of good taste; and,

 

    WHEREAS, Cranbury boasts some of the best playing fields in Middlesex County due to Tom’s stewardship; and,

 

    WHEREAS, Tom always made sure the flag would be raised when it was safe to skate on Brainerd Lake; and,

 

    WHEREAS, Tom always worked tirelessly through days and nights during snowstorms, floods, and other catastrophes, so that Cranbury’s streets would be passable and residents would be kept out of harm’s way; and,

 

    WHEREAS, for many years, Tom organized the annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament to raise charitable contributions for Cranbury’s parks and recreation facilities; and,

 

    WHEREAS, so much of the charm and character that define Cranbury and make it one of the most beautiful towns in New Jersey we owe to Tom for his dedication, loyalty and commitment; and,

 

    WHEREAS, Tom has been a kind and generous friend, neighbor and colleague to everyone who has ever had the pleasure of knowing him; and,

 

   

 

  

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-094

(Continued)

 

   WHEREAS, after 26 years of hard work and dedication to the Township of Cranbury, Tom has decided to retire to Florida with his wife Linda, to enjoy a richly-deserved life of leisure, sunshine, and golf; and,

 

    WHEREAS, we, the townspeople of Cranbury, will be at our Witt’s End without him;

 

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury, that a duly authenticated copy of this Resolution be presented to Tom, with deepest gratitude and appreciation for his many years of service to our community, and with heartfelt wishes for health and happiness in his retirement.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk, hereby certify that this is a true copy of a Resolution which was adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury at a regular meeting held on May 7, 2007.

                                                            __________________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

The Township Committee members voted on the above Resolution:

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

            (Stannard                                  Absent:   (None

            (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

 

Nays:    (None

 

Ordinance

     Second Reading

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 04-07-06

 

A motion to enter an Ordinance entitled, “Cranbury Township Ordinance # 04-07-06, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, AMENDING CHAPTER 82, “FEES” OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY”,

was presented for second reading and final adoption.  The Ordinance was published in the Cranbury Press, posted on the Township Bulletin Board and copies were available to the public.  The Mayor opened the public hearing on the Ordinance.  No one present wished to speak, so the

hearing was declared closed.  On motion by Mr. Stannard, seconded by Ms. Stave, the Ordinance was adopted by a vote:

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

 (Stannard                                 Absent:   (None

            (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

 

Nays:    (None

 

 

 

 

Resolutions

    Consent Agenda

 

On motion offered by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Stannard, the following Consent Agenda Resolutions were adopted by vote:

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

            (Stannard                                  Absent:   (None

            (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

 

Nays:    (None

 

Mr. Wittman did not vote on Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-098.

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-093

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township of Cranbury that all bills and claims as audited and found to be correct be paid.

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-095

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

RESOLUTION APPROVING DEVELOPER’S AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY AND CEDAR BROOK 5

 

            WHEREAS, on July 6, 2006, the Cranbury Township Planning Board granted Preliminary/Final Major Site Plan Approval to Cedar Brook 2005, for property designated on the Cranbury Tax Maps as Block 1.02, Lot 5, as memorialized in Resolution PB 109-06;and

 

            WHEREAS, condition five (5) mandates said approval requires Cedar Brook 2005 to enter into a Developer’s Agreement with the Township of Cranbury for its fair share contribution of existing sanitary sewer improvements; and

           

WHEREAS, the Township Attorney and Township Engineer have reviewed the Developer’s Agreement provided by Cedar Brook 2005, a copy of which is on file in the Township Clerk’s Office, and recommended that same be approved;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury, that the Mayor and Clerk be and are hereby authorized to execute on behalf of the Township the above-referenced Developer’s Agreement, or such substantially similar agreement that has been approved by the Township Attorney and the Township Engineer as to substance and form.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk of the Township of Cranbury, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of a Resolution passed by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury at its meeting held on May 7, 2007.

                                   

                                    _________________________

                                    Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

 

 

 

Cranbury Township Resolution  # R 05-07-096

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF CRANBURY PIZZA’S OUTDOOR DINING ESCROW SURPLUS

 

WHEREAS, Cranbury Pizza has deposited with Cranbury Township a $2,000.00 escrow deposit for outdoor dining:

 

WHEREAS, the Planning Board has ruled that outdoor dining escrow should only be $500.00

 

WHEREAS, Cranbury Pizza has requested the $1500.00 in surplus be released

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury that it authorizes the release of the $1500.00 surplus escrow deposit.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution, certified by the Township Clerk to be a true copy and forwarded to each of the following:

 

(a)                 Township Attorney

(b)                 Township Chief Financial Officer

(c)                 Ed Palma, Cranbury Pizza

 

CERTIFICATION

I do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Township of Cranbury at a meeting duly held on May 7, 2007.

                                                _________________________

                                                Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP RESOLUTION #R 05-07-097

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY, that Joseph Williams be appointed to the position of Sewer Superintendent, at a yearly salary of $7,200.00, effective June 1, 2007. 

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, Township Clerk of the Township of Cranbury, hereby certify that his is a true copy of a Resolution which was adopted at a regular meeting on

May 21, 2007.

                                                            _________________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-098

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

GREEN ACRES

ENABLING RESOLUTION

 

            WHEREAS, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program (“State”), provides loans and/or grants to municipal and county governments and grants to nonprofit organizations for assistance in the acquisition and development of lands for outdoor recreation and conservation purposes; and

 

           

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-098

(Continued)

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Cranbury desires to further the public interest by obtaining a grant of $1, 650,000.00 from the State to fund the following project(s): Fischer Acres.

           

NOW, THEREFORE, the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury resolves that Thomas C. Witt, or the successor to the office of Township Administrator is hereby authorized to:

 

(a)                 make application for such a grant

(b)                 provide additional application information and furnish such documents as may be required

(c)                 act as the authorized correspondent of the above named applicant, and

 

WHEREAS, the State shall determine if the application is complete and in conformance with the scope and intent of the Green Acres Program, and notify the applicant of the amount of the funding award; and

 

WHEREAS, the applicant is willing to use the State’s funds in accordance with such rules, regulations and applicable statures, and is willing to enter into an agreement with the State for the above named project;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY:

 

1.         That the Administrator of the above named body is hereby authorized to execute an agreement and any amendment thereto with the State known as Fischer acres, and;

 

2.         That the applicant has its matching share of the project, if a match is required, in the amount of $1,650,000.00.                   .

 

3.         That, in the event the State’s funds are less than the total project cost specified above, the applicant has the balance of funding necessary to complete the project, and;

 

4.                   The applicant agrees to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations in its performance of the project.

 

5.                   That this Resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, RMC, Clerk, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury at a meeting held on the 7th day of May, 2007.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunder set my hand and the official seal of this body this 7th day of May, 2007.

                                                ______________________________

                                                Kathleen R. Cunningham, RMC, Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

Cranbury Township Resolution No. 05-07-100-A

 

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY, NJ

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF A PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE FOR SHARBELL- PUBLIC  IMPROVEMENTS (Block 4, Lot 21)

 

WHEREAS, by letter dated September 13, 2006, Sharbell has requested the release of their performance guarantee previously posted with the Township in accordance with Planning Board approval and

 

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer has, in a letter dated December 5, 2006 (attached hereto as ”Exhibit A”) recommended that the following performance guarantee be released:

 

            Performance Bond                     $   152,478.94

Cash                                         $     16,942.10

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury as follows:

 

It has reviewed, agrees with and hereby accepts all recommendations of the Township Engineer as set forth in “Exhibit A”.

 

2.       It hereby authorizes the release of performance guarantees set forth in the Township Engineer’s letter referenced above.

3.       The Township hereby accepts the public improvements, if any so designated pursuant to the Planning Board’s approval.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution, certified by the Township Clerk to be a true copy and forwarded to each of the following:

 

(a)                 Township Engineer

(b)                 Township Chief Financial Officer

(c)                 Jeffrey Schectel, Sharbell

(d)                 Township Attorney

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R Cunningham do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Township of Cranbury at a meeting duly held on May 7, 2007.

                                                            _____________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

 

Reports from Township staff and professionals

    Mr. Witt, Township Administrator, reported on April 14, 2007 the Township had participated in a Joint Co-op Auction with Plainsboro Township and had auctioned off four (4) vehicles.  The

proceeds of the auction had been $7,700 with a net amount to the Township of $6,587.22 (and the monies had already been deposited in to the Township’s General Fund). 

 

     Mr. Witt also reported he had received correspondence from The Cranbury Digital Camera Club from Ms. Janet Paxton.  The Camera Club plans to have a balloon festival August 11th and 12th.  Mr. Witt then asked Ms. Paxton to explain to the Township Committee the planned event:

 

     Ms. Paxton explained the Camera Club would be actually running a workshop for its members and any photography enthusiasts throughout the State to take photos of the balloons going up and allowing individuals to purchase a ticket to go up in the balloons to take photos.  Ms. Paxton

Reports from Township staff and professionals (Continued)

   Mr. Witt, Township Administrator (cont’d)

further explained the Camera Club would be using the School parking lot and the balloons would be launched from the Wright South property.  The first step is to get permission from the Township, then notify D.O.T. and secure a temporary license.  There will be a minimum of three (3) balloons and a maximum of ten (10).  The Camera Club had already received permission from the Police and the School. The balloon company will have insurance and waivers for individuals to sign before going up in the balloons.  Mayor Stout asked the Township Attorney, Kevin Van Hise, what would need to be done.  Mr. Van Hise indicated his office would have to review the insurance policy and the proposed plan.   Mayor Stout requested Ms. Paxton get the information to the Clerk, Ms. Cunningham, who would then forward the information to Mr. Van Hise’s office so the letter can be prepared.

 

Reports from Township Boards and Commissions

      There were no reports.

 

Work Session

a.       Discussion of various recreation issues—use of fields and available open space.

Mr. Wittman led the discussion along with Ms. Veghte, Board of Recreation Commissioners Chairperson and a few members of the Board of Recreation Commissioners.  Mr. Wittman stated the Rec Board had recently met to discuss and come up with a plan to charge fees to various groups for use of the fields in the Township.  Mr. Wittman explained the Rec Board had also set guidelines and rules for the entire program.  Ms. Veghte explained the Rec Board, several years ago, had developed a priority use for the various fields and to prevent potential conflicts had created a priority list.  Recently the list was fine-tuned.  Ms. Veghte explained for the Spring terms on the fields, the applications are submitted to the Board Secretary and reviewed with first priority being given to the Rec Program teams who have the most Cranbury children on them, second priority the Cranbury School, teams organized and based in Cranbury (including Cranbury/Plainsboro Little League, Princeton/Cranbury Babe Ruth and the Cranbury men’s softball league). Lastly considered for priority are the travel teams and the rec teams shared with other municipalities, such as the East Windsor PAL teams (as some of Cranbury’s children play on the teams).  Mayor Stout thanked Ms. Veghte for organizing the Program for the Township and asked where Cranbury residents fit in to the plan; what happens if a group of residents wish to get together and use the fields.  Ms. Veghte explained preference is they not use the game fields and use open space within the Township.  Ms. Veghte stated the next phase of the meeting had been to review fee structure.  Recreation only has fees for the Programs to be used to supplement the cost of running the programs.  The fee structure developed pertains to the field uses.  The teams would be charged a fee based on the number of children on the team from Cranbury.  Adult teams would be charged more.  Those teams who have a cooperative agreement with Cranbury would not be charged at all.  Mr. Wittman added the fees charges would start in August.  Mayor Stout responded, until some questions were answered, the Township Committee was not in a position to make any decisions.  Mayor Stout stated he and the Township Committee appreciated all the hard

 

b.       Discussion of various recreation issues—use of fields and available open space.

work the Rec Board had done to come up with the plan, however, the Township needed to make sure legally everything was ok.  Ms. Veghte requested the Township Committee not to take too long to have the plan reviewed.  The Rec Board would like to have everything in

place by July as that is when the travel teams start to get their rosters. Ms. Veghte explained the Rec Board did not want to have to go through another season without something official in place. Mr. Stannard asked what the purpose of the fee plan was.  Ms. Veghte explained the funds would go for field maintenance. 

 

 

 

Work Session (Continued)

b.   Middlesex County Survey of Shared Services

The Township Committee reviewed and discussed a survey from Middlesex County concerning shared services.  The Township Committee members discussed what items could be looked at again for sharing services and Mayor Stout asked the Township Committee members to review the survey again for discussion at the next meeting.

 

Public Comment

          Mr. Phil Moody, Halsey Reed Road, addressed the Township Committee members concerning his on-going flooding problem at his residence and asked what progress had been made.  Mayor Stout stated the Township planned at the first meeting in June to have a discussion with the Township Engineer, Ms. Marcelli, during the Work Session on the overall drainage problems in the Township.  Mr. Moody explained he had attended the Monroe Township Planning Board meeting and had not  had the opportunity to speak at the meeting.  He had been referred to Mr. Ernie Feist, Monroe Township’s Engineer.  Mr. Moody stated Monroe had been taking some steps, however now are claiming the pipe causing the problem is in Cranbury and all work had been stopped.  Mr. Moody asked what the legal ramifications were and why it was so difficult for everyone to resolve the problem.  Mayor Stout responded he did not know what the Township could or could not do, however, the Township Engineer was being brought in to determine what could be done.  Mr. Witt, Township Administrator, stated he and the Township Engineer would be going out to the site later in the week and he reminded everyone that there had been an Agreement with Monroe Township when Mr. Gambino was Mayor, for any pipes on the borderline, Monroe would assume responsibility for them.  Ms. Stave asked for a report from Ms. Marcelli as soon as possible.  Mayor Stout asked if the Agreement exists (he has asked the Clerk to look for it), he will have the Township Attorney review it and determine what could be done. 

 

          Ms. Anna Drago, Park Place, thanked Mr. Stannard for taking her and her neighbors’ junk to the Public Works yard on “junk day”.  Ms. Drago complained because the newsletter only comes out twice a year, no one knew about junk day, explaining she does not have access to a  computer. Ms. Drago stated twice a year for the newsletter is not enough and asked the Township to reconsider publishing the newsletter twice a year.  Ms. Drago also asked the Agenda not be posted as high as it has been so residents can read it.  Ms. Drago asked if lighting in the Township could be re-visited.  Mayor Stout responded part of the discussion in the Sustainability Alternative Energy Work Group’s last meeting had been the Township’s junk day and what the Township calls junk others call valuable.  Mayor Stout explained Middlesex County has a program for recycling those items to the needy and the work group would be exploring the Program further and changing the Township’s policy so others could benefit for items the residents no longer find useful.  Lighting is another topic the Work Group would be working on in the future.  Mayor Stout encouraged Ms. Drago to attend the next meeting of the Work Group on May 16, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery.

 

         Mr. Wynn Cody, Adams Drive, spoke concerning the discussion on shared services and urged the Township Committee to be careful when considering sharing services and determining what municipality would be responsible.  He used as an example, the dilemma Mr. Moody is now having with Monroe Township.

 

        Mr. David Cook, North Main Street, asked the Township what was being done about the property near him (the Barclay property) as the area is now getting very overgrown.   Mayor Stout responded the property would be auctioned on June 15, 2007 and he believed the consensus

was that the Township wanted to have the property free and clear at the time of the auction with no one leasing the property for farming purposes.

 

      Mr. Richard Kallan, Wynnewood Drive, stated Mr. Witt had announced at the previous Township Committee meeting, when cleanup day would be and encouraged the Township to place an ad in the Cranbury Press for future clean-up days.  Mr. Witt responded, in the past when a notice had been published, many non-residents with Cranbury mailing addresses had shown

Public Comment (Continued)

 

up. Mr. Kallan then suggested a notice be put in the outgoing tax bills listing the clean-up day dates. The Township Committee agreed putting the notices in the tax bills would be a great idea.

 

Mayor’s Notes

 

       Mayor Stout announced the next meeting of the Sustainability Alternative Energy Work Group would be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery of Town Hall.  Mayor Stout asked the Clerk to contact the School Administrator to attend the meeting or her representative as an energy auditing vendor would be present to discuss services his company provides.

 

        Mayor Stout also reported he had received correspondence from the New Jersey Division of Disability Services announcing they have a grant program which enables New Jersey residents with disabilities to be able to have easy egress and ingress in their homes, to be able to seek employment, training for employment, education and to become active in their community. Mayor Stout announced the Clerk has a copy of the letter and/or the Code Enforcement Officer.

 

        Mayor Stout reported he had received a copy of an NJ.D.E.P. permit, allowing the Ashford at Princeton Meadows to breach a spillway and de-commission the dam on Cranbury Brook.  Mayor Stout explained the group had full ownership of the dam.

 

        Mayor Stout stated he had received an announcement, Matthew Emery Long had completed his requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout and congratulated him.

 

        Mayor Stout announced the Library would be hosting a Program on Global Warming which looks at specific elements presented in the movie, “An Inconvenient Truth”, on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, given by a woman who had been trained in Tennessee. 

 

         Mayor Stout stated he had received a copy of a letter from Conagra Foods (Spice Tech) indicating they had recently installed ozone generators and carbon filters.   Mayor Stout indicated they had made progress, however, they still needed to make further progress.  Mayor Stout indicated the Township would be sending a letter out to Conagra as the items should have already been installed—they have installed two (2) of the three (3) pieces the Township had asked them to install.  Mayor Stout noted the most important piece had not been installed yet. 

 

         Ms. Stave reminded the Township Committee if it were going to move forward with a program of raises given for performance rather than an overall cost-of-living raise and performance reviews being done in August/September, the Township should begin to make the changes now in order to have them in place over the Summer.  Mr. Wittman indicated the thought the plan had been to work with the new Township Administrator.  Mayor Stout added a dialogue needed to be started sooner than later about benefits and suggested forming a subcommittee now.  Mayor Stout asked the Township Committee members to think about who may want to serve on the subcommittee.  

 

Resolution

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-099

 

On motion offered by Mr. Stannard, seconded by Mr. Wittman, the following resolution was adopted by vote:

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (Mr. Wittman on R 05-07-098)

            (Stannard                                  Absent:   (None

            (Stave

            (Stout

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-099

(Continued)

 

            (Wittman

 

Nays:    (None

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 05-07-099

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

 

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX

 

RESOLUTION TO CLOSE MEETING TO THE PUBLIC

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey as follows:

 

            The general nature of the subject to be discussed in this session is as follows:

 

---   Litigation:  Review and analysis with Tax Assessor and Township Attorney of pending tax appeals;

---   Personnel:  Discussion of Administrator position;

                         

            It is unknown at this time precisely when the matters discussed in this session will be disclosed to the public.  Matters involving contract negotiations or the acquisition of land will be disclosed upon conclusion of the negotiations or upon approval of the acquisition.  Matters involving personnel will be disclosed when the need for confidentiality no longer exists.  Matters concerning litigation will be announced upon the conclusion of trial or settlement of that litigation or when the need for confidentiality no longer exists.

 

Date: May 7, 2007

 

On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Stannard and unanimously carried, the meeting returned to Open Session:

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

            (Stannard                                  Absent:   (None

            (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

 

Nays:    (None

 

Mr. Wittman reported he had received a few phone calls from concerned residents in reference to the demolition of the barn at Barn Park.  Mr. Wittman explained it is imperative the barn be taken down; the Township had made every attempt to get a grant, the State had determined the barn is not historic and finally, the barn is very dangerous.  Mr. Wittman urged the Township to take the barn down as quickly as possible.  Mr. Witt indicated he would make sure the barn is demolished on Tuesday, May 15, 2007.

On motion by Mr. Stannard, seconded by Mr. Wittman and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 9:16 p.m.

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                                    Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk