TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

March 15, 2004

 

 

 

The regular meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury was held at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room.  Answering present to the roll call were:  Township Committee members:  Becky Beauregard, Michael Mayes, Thomas Panconi, Jr., Mayor Stannard.  Ms. Stave was absent.  Also present were:  Trishka Waterbury, Esquire, Attorney and  Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk.  Mayor Stannard 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 2, 2003 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 2, 2003.

 

(3)                 Was filed on December 2, 2003 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.

 

 

Reports and Communications from Committee

      --Committee Minutes 1 March 2004

      On motion by Mr. Mayes, seconded by Mr. Panconi, and unanimously carried, the minutes of March 1, 2004 were adopted.

 

      --Sub Committee Reports

           Mr. Panconi reported on the police contract negotiations—the meeting which had been scheduled for last week has been re-scheduled until March 30, 2004 and presently the Township’s counter proposal is being finalized.  Mr. Panconi will report back to the Township Committee.

 

Reports and Communications from Committee

 

      Mr. Panconi also reported that on March 10th he met with Cathleen Marcelli, Township Engineer and Harvey Moskowitz, Township Planner. They gave Mr. Panconi a two-hour tour of various engineering projects in the Township and on March 12th, Mr. Panconi met with Tom Witt, Public Works Director, who gave him a two-hour tour of the pumping stations.  Mr. Witt also took Mr. Panconi to the Wright property, showing him the building which is scheduled to be demolished shortly.  The building presently houses equipment, which the Township will need to find an alternate storage site for once the building is gone. 

 

      Mr. Panconi reported that he had received a telephone call from a resident at the KHov Four Seasons development concerning the storage area above their garage and the lack of a handrail.  Mr. Panconi checked with Mr. Corby, Construction Official, who indicated that it is not a Code requirement to have a handrail because it is not a habitable area.  KHov did, however, indicate to the homeowner that they would furnish them with a handrail.  Mr. Panconi raised his concern, this being a 55+ community.

 

 

Reports and Communications from Committee (Continued)

 

             Ms. Beauregard reported that she has received a letter of resignation from JoAnne Powell, Social Services Director for the Township.  Ms. Beauregard requested, and the Township Committee unanimously supported, a Resolution being given to Ms. Powell in appreciation for her years of service to Cranbury Township.

 

             Ms. Stave reported that she had attended the Environmental Commission meeting last week and they are ready to go ahead with the West Property Preserve.  Ms. Stave asked the Township Attorney to go ahead and draft an ordinance.  Once this is done, the ordinance will be given to the Board of Education, as well as the Planning Board for their input on the project.

 

             Ms. Stave also reported she had met with Marilyn Mullin, the Library computer person, along with Howard Zogott, Library Director and Fred Carr, Township Administrator, concerning the Library being the custodian for the Township’s website.  Ms. Stave will report back to the Committee as this progresses.

 

Agenda Additions/Changes

There were no additions/changes to the Agenda.

 

Ordinance

   Second Reading

 

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE # 02-04-06

 

A motion to enter an Ordinance entitled,”CRANBURY TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE # 02-04-06”

, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY, AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION OF PERMANENT AERIAL AND TEMPORARY

CONSTRUCTION EASEMENTS ACROSS BLOCK 33, LOT 1 IN THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY TO FACILITATE THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE HALF ACRE ROAD AND ROUTE 130 INTERSECTION”, 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. Mayes, seconded by Ms. Beauregard, the Ordinance was adopted by a vote:

 

            Ayes:                (Beauregard                               Absent:  (None

                                    (Mayes

                                    (Panconi

                          (Stannard                                Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stave

 

Nays:                None

 

Resolution

    Consent

 

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

 

            Ayes:                (Beauregard

(Mayes                         Absent:  (None

                                    (Panconi

                                    (Stannard                      Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stave

            Nays:                None

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 03-04-058

 

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

 

Work Session   

 

a.               HPAC

The Township Attorney briefed the Township Committee on the pending HPAC Ordinance and recommended to the Township Committee that a joint meeting with the Planning Board, HPAC and Township Committee be held to fine tune the ordinance and in particular, discuss policy issues.  Following the joint meeting a draft of the proposed ordinance would be distributed.  Several residents spoke of their concerns:  Mr. John Ritter, Plainsboro Road asked if information is available as to the costs to residents who have had these guidelines imposed on them.  Beth Veghte, Bunker Hill, raised her concern over houses being torn down in the village area and huge homes being built in their place which is not in character with the existing homes in the village area.  Mr. Riley, Cranbury Neck Road, spoke in support of the Township getting certification.  Ms. Betty Wagner, North Main Street spoke concerning the local historic district and raised her concern over it being changed.  Ms. Wagner also expressed her concern over huge houses being built in the historic district.  Ms. Stave recommended addressing limiting the scale of homes and to what extent size would be allowed.  Ms.

Stave also supported the Township getting certification.  The Township Committee then discussed filling the pending vacancy on HPAC with HPAC members Bobbie Marlowe and Diane Stasi.  The Township Committee unanimously recommended that a meeting be set up (with some of the HPAC members present) prior to interviewing prospective candidates and to discuss the procedure for filling the existing vacancy on HPAC, as well as discussing alternate members.  Mayor Stannard will speak with Mr. Carr, Township Administrator about putting this item on the agenda.   

 

The Mayor opened the meeting to public questions and comments on those items not on the agenda.    Ms. Beth Veghte, Bunker Hill, asked the Township Attorney the status of the “parks ordinance and “rules ordinance.  The Township Attorney will follow up and get back to Ms. Veghte.  Ms. Veghte also spoke concerning a fence which has recently been installed on Cranbury Neck Road (near the Sharbell Development).  Ms. Veghte asked why this fence has been placed there and raised her concern over the appearance of the fence.  Ms. Betty Wagner, North Main Street, attended a meeting of the Crossroads of the American Revolution (National Heritage Area).  Presently there are bills in Congress that will determine the national significance of a National Heritage Area in New Jersey.  Ms. Wagner will report back to the Township Committee as decisions are made.  There being no further comments, the Mayor closed the public part of the meeting.

 

Resolution

 

On motion offered by Mr. Mayes, seconded by Mr. Panconi, the following resolution was adopted by vote:

 

            Ayes:    (Beauregard

(Mayes                                     Absent:  (None

                        (Panconi                                                                                  

                        (Stannard                                  Abstain:  (None

                        (Stave

           

            Nays:    None

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 03-04-057

 

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 Township Committee will now convene in a closed session that will be limited only to consideration of items with respect to which the public may be excluded pursuant to Section 7B of the Open Public Meetings Act, P.L. 1975, c. 231.

 

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

 

----Closed Session Committee Minutes of March 1, 2004

 

                        ----Land Acquisition/Condemnation: Fischer Property—Update regarding the acquisition and/or condemnation of Fischer Acres and potential terms thereof.

 

                        ----Land Acquisition/Negotiations:  E. Barclay Property—Update regarding the acquisition and/or negotiations of E. Barclay and potential terms thereof.

 

                        ----Land Acquisition/Update on status of easement acquisitions.

 

            2.         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:  March 15, 2004

 

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

 

Ayes:                (Beauregard                               Absent:  (None

                        (Mayes                                     Abstain: (None

                        (Panconi

                        (Stannard

                        (Stave

 

Nays:                (None

 

On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Mayes and unanimously carried, the Closed Session minutes of March 1, 2004 were adopted.

 

Mr. Mayes recommended and the Township Committee unanimously agreed to discuss each Township Committeepersons goals for 2004 at the next meeting on March 22, 2004 and to develop subcommittees for various Township issues.

 

Ms. Beauregard suggested, (not to “micro manage”)  a Personnel Subcommittee be created to work on overseeing various personnel issues and to put a “process” in place for evaluating and setting goals for employees.  Mr. Mayes will serve on this Subcommittee with Ms. Beauregard. 

 

On motion by Ms. Beauregard, seconded by Mr. Mayes and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.

 

                                                                        __________________________

                                                                        Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk