TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING

April 24, 2006

 

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 were: Township Committee members:  Richard Stannard, David Stout, Wayne Wittman and Mayor Thomas F. Panconi, Jr. Ms. Stave was absent.  Also present were: Trishka Waterbury, Esquire, Attorney,  Thomas C. Witt, Administrator and Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk.  Mayor Panconi 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 7, 2005 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 7, 2005.

 

(3)                 Was filed on December 7, 2005 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

      --Mayor

Mayor Panconi reported the Personnel subcommittee had met on Thursday, April  20, 2006.  In attendance were: Mayor Panconi, Mr. Konin, Attorney and Mr. Witt.  Mr. Stannard was absent.  Mayor Panconi stated there had recently been some childish behavior in Town Hall and he would be having a staff meeting on Friday, April 27, 2006 to address the problem.  Mayor Panconi also indicated he had asked the Department Heads to let him know what hours their employees report and leave work and those hours will be posted on the Township’s website.

 

      --Members of Committee

Mr. Wittman reported he had met earlier in the day with Cranbury Housing Associates in reference to the Township’s Third Round Affordable Housing KHov site and Mr. Berkowsky of Cranbury Housing Associates would be reporting on this issue later in the meeting.  Mr. Wittman also stated earlier in the month, April 7th, the Recreation Board had met with the School in reference to use of fields and what the School’s needs are and in addition, sharing facilities.  Mr. Wittman indicated it had been a very productive meeting and he would be attending the Rec meeting.  Mr. Wittman requested the item on the Work Session regarding the recreational needs of the Township be pulled and discussed at a later date.

 

Mr. Stannard reported he had received a letter from The Cranbury Lions Club asking if the Township planned on participating in the parade this year.   Mr. Stannard committed the Township Committee members to walk in the parade. 

                             

Agenda Additions/Changes

The Clerk announced under the Consent Resolutions, Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-060 was being deleted.  Also being deleted from the Consent Agenda Resolutions was Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-065, under the Work Session, per Mr. Wittman’s request, item a. was being deleted and replaced with new item a. concerning construction of the new Public Works Building on the former Township landfill, at Mr. Stout’s request, item c., a discussion on a

 

Agenda Additions/Changes(Continued)

Cranbury Brook Preserve Management Plan and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and implementation of recommendations.

 

Mayor Panconi announced the Township Engineer would be attending the Township Committee meetings at the first meeting of the month only.

 

Ordinances

   First Reading

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 04-06-10

 

An Ordinance entitled, “Cranbury Township Ordinance # 04-06-10, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY CONCERNING LAND DEVELOPMENT AND AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF “OPEN SPACE” IN SECTION 150-7 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY”, was introduced for first reading.  On motion by Mr. Stannard, seconded by Mr. Stout, the Ordinance was passed on first reading by vote:

 

Ayes:    (Panconi

(Stannard                                  Absent:  (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

                                                            Public Hearing:  May 8, 2006

 

            TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

ORDINANCE NO. 04-06-10

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY CONCERNING LAND DEVELOPMENT AND AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF “OPEN SPACE” IN SECTION 150-7 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

           

WHEREAS, Chapter 150 of the Code of the Township of Cranbury (“Code”), the “Land Development Ordinance of Cranbury Township” (“LDO”), regulates land use and development in the Township; and

 

WHEREAS, section 150-7 of the LDO contains a definition of “open space” that limits the use of open space to agriculture and passive recreation only; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, parkland or open space may be used for active recreation as well as for passive recreation and conservation; and

 

WHEREAS, in order to plan and provide for the current and future recreational needs of Cranbury’s residents, the Township requires the same degree of flexibility in its own ordinances as it enjoys under the State’s regulations; and

 

WHEREAS, to that end, it is in the best interests of the Township and its residents that the definition of “open space” set forth in the LDO be amended to include active recreation;

 

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

 

1.         The definition of “open space” set forth in section 150-7 of the Code of the Township of Cranbury (“Code”) is hereby amended to read as follows (additions are underlined; deletions are in [brackets]):

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 04-06-10

(Continued)

 

OPEN SPACE --- Any parcel of land or water essentially unimproved and set aside, dedicated, designated or reserved for agricultural uses [or passive recreation], conservation, or recreation. Unless otherwise restricted by deed or other document, any Township-owned open space may be used for all purposes consistent with the requirements of the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, including both active and passive recreation.

 

2.         This ordinance shall take effect upon its passage and publication and upon the filing of a copy of said ordinance with the Middlesex County Planning Board, as required by law.

 

Resolutions

   Consent Agenda

 

Mr. Stout requested Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-066, be read aloud by the Clerk and considered separately.

 

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

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

            (Stannard                                  Absent:   (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

           

Nays:    (None

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-061

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

 

RESOLUTION AWARDING CONTRACT FOR POLICE VEHICLE

 

            WHEREAS, the Township of Cranbury has a need to acquire a 2006 police vehicle without a “fair and open process” as defined by P.L. 2004, c.19, the “Local Unit Pay-to-Play Law”; and

 

            WHEREAS, Warnock Fleet and Leasing, East Hanover, NJ has submitted a proposal dated March 23, 2006, offering to provide a 2006 Dodge Charger Police Vehicle as per Cranbury Township specifications, which proposal and specifications are on file in the office of the Township Clerk; and

 

            WHERAS, the Qualified Purchasing Agent has determined and certified in writing that the value of the acquisition over the course of the contract is anticipated to exceed $17,500.00; and

 

            WHEREAS, Warnock Fleet and Leasing has completed and filed with the Township a Campaign Contributions Affidavit as required by N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.2 et. seq. certifying that Warnock Fleet and leasing has not made any prohibited contributions to a candidate committee or municipal committee representing the elected officials of the Township of Cranbury; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq., authorizes the award of this contract without public bidding on the basis that the price is below that required for a municipality with a designated Qualified Purchasing Agent; and

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-061

(Continued)

 

            WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer has certified that sufficient funds are available for this purpose.

 

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

 

1.       The Mayor and Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute an agreement with Warnock Fleet and Leasing, East Hanover, NJ, for a 2006 Dodge Charger Police Vehicle, in accordance with the March 23, 2006 Specifications and Proposal, for the amount of $24,187, for delivery between 90 and 120 days after the date a certified copy of this Resolution is delivered to Warnock Fleet and Leasing.

 

2.       A copy of this Resolution, the Certification of Contract Value, the Campaign Contributions Affidavit, and the executed Agreement shall be placed on file in the office of the Township Clerk.

 

CERTIFICATION   

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk, hereby certify this to be a true copy of a Resolution which was adopted by the Township Committee on April 24, 2006.

                                                            ________________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-062

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING

THE EXECUTION OF A SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH CITY CONNECTIONS, LLC

 

            WHEREAS, the Township of Cranbury requires the service of a consultant to host and maintain its website; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township entered into a contract with City Connections LLC to provide those services during the calendar year 2005; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township wishes to enter into an agreement with City Connections LLC to provide these services for the calendar year 2006; and

 

            WHEREAS, City Connections LLC has offered to provide these services to the Township for the lump sum cost of $5,880.00, in accordance with the proposal attached hereto as Exhibit A: and

            WHEREAS, the Local Public Contracts Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq. authorizes the award of a services contract without competitive bids when the cost of the contract does not exceed the applicable bid threshold; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Chief Financial officer has certified that there are sufficient funds for this contract;

 

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

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-062

(Continued)

 

1.                   The Mayor and Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute an agreement with City Connections LLC to host and maintain Cranbury Township’s Web Site for the calendar year 2006, for the not-to-exceed cost of $5,880.00.  This term may be extended for additional one-year terms as provided for by law, subject to the consent of both parties.

 

2.                   A coy of the agreement will be made available for public inspection in the Township Clerk’s office during regular business hours.

 

CERTIFICATION   

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk, hereby certify this to be a true copy of a Resolution which was adopted by the Township Committee on April 24, 2006.

                                                            ________________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-063

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF DEVELOPER’S AGREEMENT WITH AMERICAN PROPERTIES, LLC

 

            WHEREAS, by resolution dated November 14, 2005, the Cranbury Township Zoning Board of Adjustment granted preliminary and final major site plan approval with variances to American Properties, LLC for property designated on the Cranbury Township tax maps as Block 6, Lot 14.03; and

 

            WHEREAS, one of the conditions of said approval requires American Properties to enter into a developer’s agreement with the Township of Cranbury for its fair share contribution to Cranbury’s sanitary sewer system; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township Attorney and Township Engineer have reviewed the attached developer’s agreement provided by American Properties and recommended that same be approved;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury that the Agreement be and is hereby approved; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Clerk be and are hereby authorized to execute the Agreement on behalf of the Township of Cranbury 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 April 24, 2006.

                                                _________________________

                                                Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

 

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-064

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A RIGHT OF ENTRY AGREEMENT WITH PROLOGIS TRUST.

 

WHEREAS, ProLogis Trust ("ProLogis") owns an approximately 26± acre parcel of land located at Half Acre Road and Liberty Way, and designated as Block 7, Lots 9.02 and 9.03 on the Cranbury Township Tax Map ("Property"); and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township of Cranbury ("Township") is currently in the process of constructing an extension to Liberty Way along with related storm water detention infrastructure on a portion of the Property; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township requires a portion of the Property to construct the above improvements; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Township needs immediate access to the Property to begin construction of the above improvements; and

 

            WHEREAS, ProLogis is willing to provide such access while it and the Township negotiates the transfer of title to the needed portion of the Property;

 

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

 

1.         The Mayor and Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute the Right of Entry Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A, or such other and substantially similar agreement as has been approved as to form and substance by the Township Attorney acting in consultation with the Mayor and Township Administrator.

 

2.         The Township through its appropriate staff and officials is hereby further authorized and directed to undertake any and all such acts and execute any and all such other documents as may be necessary and appropriate to effectuate the terms hereof.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, RMC, Clerk of the Township of Cranbury, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true copy of a resolution passed by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury at a meeting duly held on April 24, 2006.

                                        _________________________

                                        Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

Resolution

 

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

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

            (Stannard                                  Absent:   (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

 

Nays:    (None

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-066

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

            WHEREAS, Peter J. Sibley served on the Cranbury Township Environmental Commission from March 7, 2002, first serving as a 1st Alternate, then as a regular member on January 13, 2003 and becoming its Chairperson from January 12, 2004 to April 2006; and

 

            WHEREAS, Peter J. Sibley made significant contributions to the Township of Cranbury as a resident of Cranbury Township and as a member of the Environmental Commission in identifying, evaluating, and providing stewardship for natural resources in Cranbury Township; and

 

            WHEREAS, while Chairperson, Peter J. Sibley lead the Environmental Commission to achievement of many important milestones, including completion of an Environmental Resources Inventory, development of a Management Plan for the Cranbury Brook Preserve, and sampling surface water bodies in the Township, while fostering mutually beneficial working relationships with the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commission, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

            WHEREAS, Peter J. Sibley has tirelessly given of his time, knowledge, experience, leadership, and commitment to the Township of Cranbury; and

 

            WHEREAS, Peter J. Sibley has now decided it is time to sail from Cranbury to the waters of Charleston;

 

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury that Peter J. Sibley be given our deepest gratitude for his years’ of service; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Township of Cranbury hereby extends its heartfelt best wishes to Peter J. Sibley and his family for good health, happiness and prosperity in the future.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, hereby certify that this is a true copy of a Resolution which was adopted by the Township Committee at a regular meeting held on April 24, 2006.

                                                            _________________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk,

 

Mr. Sibley thanked the Township and all the individuals he had served on the Environmental Commission with, especially thanking his “mentor”, Township Committeeman David Stout.

 

Resolution

 

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

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

            (Stannard                                  Absent:   (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

 

Nays:    (None

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-068

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

A RESOLUTION CONCERNING CRANBURY TOWNSHIP’S PETITION FOR SUBSTANTIVE CERTIFICATION OF ITS THIRD ROUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN AND APPOINTING A MEDIATION TEAM IN CONNECTION THEREWITH

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Cranbury has petitioned the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) for substantive certification of its adopted Housing Element and Fair Share Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, COAH’s regulations, N.J.A.C. 5:95-3.6, requires a forty-five-day period of public review of the petition, Housing Element, Fair Share Plan, and supporting documentation; and

 

WHEREAS, the Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) filed an objection to Cranbury’s plan within the forty-five-day period, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:95-4.1(a); and

 

WHEREAS, N.J.A.C. 5:95-7.1 requires that COAH meet with representatives of the Township and FSHC to attempt to mediate a resolution of the objections; and

 

            WHEREAS, N.J.A.C. 5:95-7.2(f) requires the Township to adopt a resolution designating representatives to act on its behalf during this mediation;

 

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

 

1.                   Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:95-7.2(f), the following individuals are hereby appointed to serve as the representatives of the Township of Cranbury and to attend on the Township’s behalf all mediation sessions scheduled by COAH as deemed necessary and prudent:

 

a.       Thomas B. Harvey, Planning Board Chairman

b.       Richard H. Stannard, Township Committeeman

c.       Trishka Waterbury, Esquire, Township Attorney

d.       Mary Beth Lonergan, Township COAH Consultant

 

2.                   The above-referenced individuals are hereby authorized to negotiate on the Township’s behalf during any such mediation sessions, to act on behalf of the Township, and to execute any written agreement reached as a result of such mediation, said agreement to be subject to final approval by the Township Committee.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, RMC, Clerk of the Township of Cranbury, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Township of Cranbury at a meeting duly held on April 17, 2006.

_________________________________

                         Kathleen R. Cunningham, Township Clerk

 

Reports from Township staff and professionals

      Mr. Witt, Township Administrator, reported all the sampling on the Wright South remediation project had been completed and approved and were below the levels.  Mr. Witt stated grading had been done and the seeding would be completed the week of May 2, 2006, weather permitting and the Township Engineer was working on the remediation plan to be submitted to the State. 

 

Reports from Township staff and professionals (Continued)

      Mr. Witt (cont’d)

 

Mr. Witt stated the next step would be for the State to review the plan and then send to the Township a “no further action letter”.  After the letter, the project would then be allowed to

continue.  Mr. Witt also reported, the annual Arbor Day Celebration would be held on April 28, 2006 at 2:20 p.m., in the School parking lot and urged everyone to attend.  

           

Reports from Township Boards and Commissions

 

Mr. Mark Berkowsky, Cranbury Housing Associates, discussed with the Township Committee, the site plan presented to the Planning Board and gave the Committee a brief summary of the deadlines involved and a potential schedule.  Mr. Berkowsky requested having the Ordinance introduced on May 8, 2006, to be referred to the Planning Board for their meeting on May 25, 2006 and then back to the Township Committee for Second Reading on June 5, 2006.  The Clerk stated she would need to have time to do a mailing, by both regular and certified mail between the Ordinance’s introduction and Second Reading and Final Adoption.  Mr. Berkowsky requested the Memorandum of Understanding be on the Agenda for May 8, 2006.   

           

Work Session

      a.   Discussion of construction of new Public Works building on the former landfill site.

Mr. Wittman discussed with the Township Committee his concerns with constructing the new Public Works building on top of the former landfill site.  Mr. Wittman indicated he had attended several work shops through his employment on “vapor intrusion”.  Mr. Witt explained the overall project was being done in steps and should any problems arise, the project would be stopped.  Mr. Stout added, the landfill had been deemed “closed” by the State and many municipalities had erected buildings on former landfills.  Mr. Stout added the land is owned by the Township, could not be used for anything else and placing the storage building on the site was a fiscally responsible idea.  Mr. Stout stated, the Township would be mindful of the potential for a problem and urged the Township to go forward with the project. Mr. Witt indicated the Township Engineer had not done the second testing of the site yet, however, all of the forms had been filed with the State for a permit.  Mr. Wittman requested a meeting with Mr. Witt and Mr. Stout to discuss the issue and then report back to the Township Committee.  Ms. Judy Dossin, Wynnewood Drive, stated the issue of where to place the Public Works building had been discussed extensively in 2003, both with the Parks Commission and the Recreation Board and there had been a lot of public comment as well.  Ms. Dossin urged the Township to move ahead with the project. 

 

b.   Discussion of recent New Jersey Historical Trust Meeting and the grant process

Township Committeeman Wayne Wittman and Barn subcommittee member, Kate McConnell, discussed with the Township Committee, their recent attendance at a

meeting with the New Jersey Historical Trust concerning its grant programs. Ms. McConnell summarized various grant programs and explained the application process.  Ms. McConnell reported the subcommittee had made a decision to apply for an Emergency Grant for the Stabilization/Rehabilitation of the Potato Barn and a Management Grant for the proposed Barn Park.  The Emergency Grant would be awarded within one-four months and would be a matching grant.  Mr. Wittman reported the Historical Society had pledged $5,000 towards the project and a new roof and stabilization of the barn would be completed with the monies. The Management Grant would be awarded in January 2007.  Mr. Wittman stated the Management Grant, should it be awarded to the Township, would allow the Township the opportunity to hire individuals to do the overall planning of the proposed Barn Park.  Mr. Wittman also requested in next

 

 

 

Work Session (Continued)

b.   Discussion of recent New Jersey Historical Trust Meeting and the grant process (cont’d)

year’s budget, a matching grant amount be allocated to allow the subcommittee to apply for the “Capital Preservation Grant”.  Mr. Stout requested the Township Committee be provided, at its next meeting, a cost analysis to implement the Management Grant as well as how large the Trust’s money pools are for the respective grant programs.

 

  1. Cranbury Brook Preserve and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and implementation of recommendations

In reference to the Cranbury Brook Preserve, Mr. Stout reported the Township had reached out to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to help manage the Preserve. Mr. Stout indicated one-third of the Preserve would still be set aside for camping for the scouts.  The USDA would be willing to fund 75% of the costs to treat land to grow grass, etc. to attract certain birds to the site.  Mr. Stout explained the Township would be required to pay up front and then would be reimbursed.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service would like to get the project completed this year and Mr. Stout indicated the Environmental Commission would like a sense from the Township Committee their feelings on the proposed project. The Township Committee unanimously agreed and directed the Township Attorney to prepare a Resolution for the May 8th meeting.  Mr. Stout recommended attaching a copy of the plan to the Resolution .

 

Public Comment (For those items not on the Agenda).

Ms. Judy Dossin, Parks Commission, commented on the proposed Open Space Ordinance. Ms. Dossin stated the Parks Commission fully endorsed the Ordinance and spoke about the significant need for open space to allow the Township to plan for park space over the next 20-30 years and encouraged the Township Committee members to vote yes on the Ordinance.  Ms. Dossin discussed and explained with the Township Committee the various uses at the Township’s parks and specifically brought attention to the fact the Township had a future need for more active and alternative park space. 

 

Ms. Betty Wagner, North Main Street, stated there was a need for residents who do not participate in sports to have a place to walk in the parks and urged the Township Committee to consider their needs as well when planning the new open space.

 

Dietrich Wahlers, 33 Hagerty Lane, stated awhile ago there had been a lot of confusion concerning Green Acres and what was and was not allowed.  Mr. Wahlers indicated he had called Green Acres to get clarification and was told any municipal land that used Green Acres’ funds was open to the public for all uses.  Mr. Wahler indicated Green Acres would be sending Mr. Wahlers a copy of the rules.  Mr. Wahlers also spoke concerning the proposed open space ordinance and recommended an open space inventory be completed before introducing the ordinance. 

 

Ms. Judy Dossin, Parks Chairperson, responded to Mr. Wahlers’ remark concerning there not being an inventory.  Ms. Dossin indicated there was an inventory in the Township’s Master Plan and as of March, 2006 it had been updated by Ms. Beth Veghte, Board of Recreation Chairperson.

 

Mayor’s Notes

 

Mayor Panconi appointed Mr. Dietrich Wahlers to the Environmental Commission to fill the unexpired term of Peter J. Sibley and Linda S. Scott as the Administrator to the Historic Preservation Commission, both terms expiring 12/31/06.

 

 

 

Resolution

 

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

 

Ayes:    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

            (Stannard                                  Absent:   (Stave

            (Stout

            (Wittman

 

Nays:    (None

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 04-06-059

 

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:

 

            ---Contract Negotiations/potential land acquisitions.

 

            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 of when the need for confidentiality no longer exists.

 

Date:  April 24, 2006

 

On motion by Mr. Stannard, seconded by Mr. Stout and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 9:02 p.m.

                                                _________________________

                                                Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk