The regular meeting of the Township
Committee of the Township
of Cranbury was held at in the Town Hall Meeting
Room.Answering present to the roll call
were:Township Committee members:BeckyBeauregard,
MichaelMayes, ThomasPanconi, Jr., Mayor
Stannard.Ms.Stave was absent.Also present were:Trishka Waterbury,
Esquire, Attorney andKathleenR.Cunningham,
Clerk.Mayor Stannard led in the salute to the flag and
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:
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.
to the Cranbury Press, Home News Tribune and Trenton Times on December 2, 2003.
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
those individuals who have requested personal notice.
Reports and Communications from Committee
Minutes 1 March 2004
motion by Mr.Mayes, seconded by Mr.Panconi,
and unanimously carried, the minutes of March 1, 2004 were adopted.
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
also reported that on March 10th he met with CathleenMarcelli,
Township Engineer and HarveyMoskowitz, 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 TomWitt, 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.
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
reported that she has received a letter of resignation from JoAnnePowell,
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 CranburyTownship.
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.
also reported she had met with MarilynMullin, the Library computer
person, along with HowardZogott, Library Director and FredCarr,
Township Administrator, concerning the Library being the custodian for the
will report back to the Committee as this progresses.
There were no additions/changes to
ORDINANCE # 02-04-06
A motion to enter
an Ordinance entitled,”CRANBURY TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE # 02-04-06”
, AN ORDINANCE OF
THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY
NEW JERSEY, AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION OF
PERMANENT AERIAL AND TEMPORARY
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:
On motion offered
by Ms.Beauregard, seconded by Mr.Mayes,
the following Consent Agenda Resolutions were adopted by vote:
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.
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.JohnRitter, Plainsboro Road asked if information is
available as to the costs to residents who have had these guidelines imposed on
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.BettyWagner, 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 BobbieMarlowe
and DianeStasi.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.BethVeghte, 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
asked why this fence has been placed there and raised her concern over the
appearance of the fence.Ms.BettyWagner, 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
On motion offered
by Mr.Mayes, seconded by Mr.Panconi,
the following resolution was adopted by vote:
Resolution # R 03-04-057
RESOLUTION TO CLOSE
MEETING TO THE PUBLIC
RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township
of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey
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:
Session Committee Minutes of March
Acquisition/Condemnation: Fischer Property—Update regarding the acquisition
and/or condemnation of Fischer Acres and potential terms thereof.
Property—Update regarding the acquisition and/or negotiations of E.Barclay
and potential terms thereof.
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:
On motion by Ms.Stave,
seconded by Mr.Mayes and unanimously carried, the Closed
Session minutes of March 1,
2004 were adopted.
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.
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