TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
July 12, 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. and Pari Stave, who filled in for the Mayor.  Mayor Stannard was absent.  Also present were:  Trishka Waterbury, Esquire, Attorney, Cathleen Marcelli, Engineer, Frederick C. Carr, Administrator 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

 

--Sub Committee Reports -

Mr. Panconi reported the Police Negotiations SubCommittee met on June 29, 2004 and progress is being made.  The SubCommittee is meeting again on Tuesday, July 20, 2004.

 

Agenda Additions/Changes

            Ms. Stave reported the Township Committee will discuss the Eagle Scout Project Memo that Mr. Carr prepared at the end of the meeting.

 

Ordinances

    First Reading

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-15

 

An Ordinance entitled, “Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-15, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY, COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, APPROVING THE CONVEYANCE TO THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX OF TWO THREE-FOOT WIDE STRPS OF LAND ACROSS A PORTION OF PROPERTY DESIGNATED ON THE TOWNSHIP TAX MAP AS BLOCK 25, LOT 19.01 (“BARCLAY NORTH”) FOR RIGHT-OF-WAY PURPOSES, THE CONVEYANCE TO THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY OF A SEVEN-AND-A-HALF FOOT-WIDE STRIP OF LAND ACROSS A PORTION OF PROPERTY DESIGNATED ON THE TOWNSHIP TAX MAP, BLOCK 23, LOT 12.01 (“BARCLAY SOUTH’) FOR RIGHT-OF-WAY PURPOSES, THE CONVEYANCE TO THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY OF A 20-FOOT WIDE EASEMENT ACROSS A PORTION OF PROPERTY DESIGNATED ON THE TOWNSHIP TAX MAP AS BLOCK 23, LOT 12.01 (“BARCLAY SOUTH”) FOR DRAINAGE PURPOSES, AND THE

 

 

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-15

(Continued)

 

DEDICATION TO THE TOWNSHIP OF AN EASEMENT ACROSS PROPERTY DESIGNATED ON THE TOWNSHIP TAX MAP AS BLOCK 23, LOCT 12.02 (“BARCLAY STREAM

CORRIDOR”) FOR IRRIGATION PURPOSES, ALL OF PERMITTED BY N.J.S.A. 40a:12-13(B(1)”, as introduced for first reading.  On motion by Ms. Beauregard, seconded by Mr. Panconi, the Ordinance was passed on first reading by vote:

 

            Ayes:                (Beauregard                               Absent:  (Stannard

                                    (Mayes

                                    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stave              

 

            Nays:                None

 

                                                            Public Hearing:  July 26, 2004

 

WHEREAS, the Township of Cranbury is a municipal corporation and a political subdivision of the State of New Jersey, having its principal offices located at 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512 (“Township”); and

 

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13(b)(1) permits a municipal corporation to convey at private sale any real property owned by said municipal corporation and not needed for a public use to any political subdivision, agency, department, commission, board or body corporate and politic of the State of New Jersey; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township currently owns property designated on the Cranbury Township Tax Map as Block 25, Lot 19.01 (“Barclay North”), Block 23, Lot 12.01 (“Barclay South”), and Block 23, Lot 12.02 (“Barclay Stream Corridor”); and

 

WHEREAS, in October 2004, the Township intends to convey Barclay North and South as deed restricted farmland to the highest bidder at public auction; and

 

WHEREAS, prior to effectuating said conveyance, it is necessary for the Township to convey property to the County of Middlesex across Barclay North and to itself across Barclay South for roadway right-of-way purposes for the benefit of the County and Township, respectively, to convey to itself an easement across Barclay South for drainage purposes for the benefit of the Township, and to convey to itself an easement across the Barclay Stream Corridor property for irrigation purposes for the benefit of the eventual owner Barclay South; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township has determined that it is in the public interest to effectuate the above-referenced conveyances for the aforementioned purposes.

 

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

 

            1.         Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13(b)(1), the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey, does hereby authorize the Township of Cranbury to convey to the County of Middlesex, a body politic of the State of New Jersey, two three-foot-wide strips of land for roadway right-of-way purposes across a portion of property designated as Block 25, Lot 19.01 on the tax map of the Township of Cranbury, as more particularly described on a plan entitled “Plan to Accompany Deed Filing for Barclay North---Minor Subdivision, Block 25, Lot 19, Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey,” prepared by Hatch Mott MacDonald

 

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-15

(Continued)

 

and dated August 24, 2000, last revised October 10, 2002, a copy of which is on file in the Office of the Township Clerk.

 

            2.         Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:12-13(b)(1), the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey, does hereby authorize the Township of Cranbury to convey to itself a seven-and-a-half-foot wide strip of land for roadway right-of-way purposes and a twenty-foot wide easement for drainage purposes across a portion of property designated as Block 23, Lot 12.01 on the tax map of the Township of Cranbury, as more particularly described on a plan entitled “Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey , Plan to Accompany Deed Filing for Barclay North—Minor Subdivision, Block 23, Lot 12”, prepared by Hatch Mott, a copy of which is on file in the Office of the Township Clerk, and an easement for irrigation purposes across property designated as Block 23, Lot 12.02 on the Cranbury Township Tax Map, as more particularly set forth in the deed of easement attached hereto as Exhibit A and made a part hereof, or such other substantially similar deed of easement as shall be approved by the Township Attorney.

 

            3.         The Mayor, Clerk and Township Attorney are hereby authorized to prepare any documents and to undertake any and all other acts as are necessary to effectuate the purposes hereof.

 

            4.         This Ordinance shall take effect upon final adoption and publication, as provided for by law.

 

Ordinance

     First Reading

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-16

 

An Ordinance entitled, “Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-16, A ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY ACCEPTING THE CONVEYANCE BY SHARBELL CRANBURY INC. OF A LANDSCAPE BUFFER AND UTILITY EASEMENT AND THE DEDICATION BY SHARBELL OF “UPDIKE PARK”, was introduced for first reading.  On motion by Ms. Beauregard, seconded by Mr. Panconi, the Ordinance was passed on first reading by vote:

 

            Ayes:                (Beauregard                               Absent:  (Stannard

                                    (Mayes

                                    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stave              

 

            Nays:                None

 

                                                            Public Hearing:  July 26, 2004

 

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

 

            1.         The Township Committee hereby accepts the following easements and dedication from Sharbell Cranbury, Inc., a New Jersey Corporation, whose address is One Washington Boulevard, Suite # 9, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691 (“Sharbell”):

 

           

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-16

(Continued)

 

            A.         A landscape buffer and utility easement across a portion of the premises owned by Sharbell in the Township of Cranbury and designated (or to be designated) (as Block 21.03, Lot 4.12 on the Cranbury Tax Map, as more particularly set forth in the Deed of Easement

(Landscape Buffer and Utility) attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and upon the terms and conditions set forth therein.

 

            B.         The dedication of a .978-acre parcel designated (or to be designated) as Block 21, Lot 4.11 on the Cranbury Tax Map, as more particularly set forth in the Deed of Dedication (Updike Park) attached hereto as Exhibit “B” and upon the terms and conditions set forth therein.

 

            3.         This Ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication, as required by law.

 

Resolution

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

 

            Ayes:    (Beauregard

(Mayes                                     Absent:  (Stannard

                        (Panconi                                                                                  

                        (Stave                                       Abstain:  (None

                       

            Nays:    None

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-142

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A RIGHT OF ENTRY AGREEMENT WITH CRANBURY HOUSING ASSOCIATES

 

            WHEREAS, the Township is interested in providing pedestrian access to members of the public from Maplewood Avenue to Village Park; and

 

            WHEREAS, Cranbury Housing Associates (CHA) is interested in providing pedestrian access across its property located at Block 33, Lot 26 on the Cranbury Township Tax Map for the sought-after access to Village Park; and

 

            WHEREAS, CHA and the Township acknowledge that it is CHA’s intention to eventually transfer the property designated as Block 33, Lot 26 to the Township in exchange for the Township providing CHA with mutually acceptable replacement property to be used for affordable housing.

 

            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 Cranbury Housing Associates (CHA) that provides for the use of CHA’s Maplewood Avenue property for pedestrian access to Village Park during 2004 and 2005.

 

            2.         In consideration for this pedestrian access across CHA’s Maplewood Avenue property to Village Park, the Township shall pay CHA a total of $2,400.00 in rent.

 

           

 

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # 07-04-142

(Continued)

 

            3.         The Township shall send notice of this Agreement to the owners of the properties that are adjacent to the Maplewood Avenue property.

 

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 July 12, 2004.

                                                                        _________________________

                                                                        Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

Resolutions

        Consent

 

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

 

            Ayes:                (Beauregard

(Mayes                         Absent:  (Stannard

                                    (Panconi

                                    (Stave                           Abstain:  (None

                       

            Nays:                None

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-141

 

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 07-04-143

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT FOR ACQUISITION OF PERMANENT SIDEWALK EASEMENTS ACROSS BLOCK 23, LOTS 93, 107, 110 AND 117 IN THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY.

 

WHEREAS, on April 19, 2004, the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury adopted Ordinance 03-04-11 authorizing the acquisition for public use, by purchase, gift, or condemnation, of permanent sidewalk easements across Block 23, Lots 93, 107, 110, 111, 117 and 118 in the Township of Cranbury; and

 

WHEREAS,  the Township has obtained from Peter E. Sockler, MAI an appraisal of each property interest sought to be acquired (collectively, the “appraisals”); and

 

WHEREAS, said appraisals, using the Sales Comparison approach, have established a fair market value for each of the property interests to be acquired; and

 

WHEREAS, as authorized by Resolution # R-05-04-099, offers of compensation in the amounts set forth in the approved appraisals were extended to the owners of the above-referenced properties; and

 

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-143

(Continued)

 

WHEREAS, the owners of Lots 93, 107, 110 and 117 have accepted the Township’s offer of compensation to be made in exchange for the granting of the easements;

 

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

 

            1.         The Mayor, Clerk and CFO are hereby authorized and directed to execute all documents necessary for the Township to acquire permanent sidewalk easements across Lots 93, 107, 110 and 117 in Block 23 on the Cranbury Township Tax Map.

 

            2.         Compensation in the amount of $2,313.00 is hereby approved and authorized for the acquisition of the above-referenced easement across Lot 93 in Block 23, this amount being the fair market value for the property interests to be acquired set forth in the above-referenced appraisal prepared by Peter E. Sockler, MAI and previously approved pursuant to Resolution # R-05-04-099.

 

            3.         Compensation in the amount of $1,904.00 is hereby approved and authorized for the acquisition of the above-referenced easement across Lot 107 in Block 23, this amount being the fair market value for the property interests to be acquired set forth in the above-referenced appraisal prepared by Peter E. Sockler, MAI and previously approved pursuant to Resolution # R-05-04-099.

 

            4.         Compensation in the amount of $3,132.00 is hereby approved and authorized for the acquisition of the above-referenced easement across Lot 110 in Block 23, this amount being the fair market value for the property interests to be acquired set forth in the above-referenced appraisal prepared by Peter E. Sockler, MAI and previously approved pursuant to Resolution # R-05-04-099.

 

            5.         Compensation in the amount of $524.00 is hereby approved and authorized for the acquisition of the above-referenced easement across Lot 117 in Block 23, this amount being the fair market value for the property interests to be acquired set forth in the above-referenced appraisal prepared by Peter E. Sockler, MAI and previously approved pursuant to Resolution # R-05-04-099.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, 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 July 12, 2004.

                                                                        _________________________

                                                                        Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

Work Session

 

a.       Public Hearing Liquor License for Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn

Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn has requested a new liquor license for their Hotel          on Route 130.  A public hearing was held on this application.  The Attorney and general manager for Staybridge Suites were present for any questions.

 

Resolution

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

 

                                    Ayes:    (Beauregard

                        (Mayes                                     Absent:  (Stannard)

                                                (Panconi                                                                                  

                                                (Stave                                       Abstain:  (None

                                               

                                                Nays:    None

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-140

 

RESOLUTION ISSUING PLENARY CONSUMPTION LICENSE TO InterContinental Hotels Group Resources, Inc., t/a STAYBRIDGE SUITES BY HOLIDAY INN

 

 

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 33:4:1-12.20 provides, in pertinent part, that a municipality may issue a plenary retail consumption license to an applicant who operates a hotel and motel containing 100 guest sleeping rooms or who is constructing a new hotel and motel containing at least 100 guest sleeping rooms; and

 

WHEREAS, InterContinental Hotels Group Resources, Inc., a Georgia company trading as Staybridge Suites By Holiday Inn (“Applicant”) has applied to the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury for a Class “C” Plenary Retail Consumption License (“License”) for premises (“Licensed Premises”) situated at Route 130; and

 

WHEREAS, the Applicant is presently operating a hotel which includes at least 100 guest sleeping rooms and has applied for a license under the Hotel/Motel exception; and

 

WHEREAS, the Applicant has caused to be published the appropriate notice in the June 18, 2004 and June 25, 2004 Cranbury Press as required by N.J.A.C. 13:2-2.5; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township Clerk has not received any written objections to the granting of the License; and

 

WHEREAS, the issuing authority affirmatively finds that:

 

            1.         The submitted application form is complete in all respects; and

 

            2.         The applicant has claimed to be qualified to be licensed according to all standards established by Title 33 of the New Jersey Statutes, regulations promulgated thereunder as well as pertinent local Township ordinances and conditions consistent with Title 33, and has stipulated that if any fingerprint reports or background checks show that any of the principles is criminally disqualified, the license will immediately be surrendered or the disqualified persons will immediately be removed from the company and any affiliation with it; and

 

            3.         The applicant has disclosed and the authority reviewed the source of all funds used in the purchase of the License and licensed business and all additional funding obtained in connection with the licensed business; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township Committee of Cranbury Township held a public hearing on July 12, 2004.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of

Cranbury, County of Middlesex, as follows:

 

            1.         A Plenary Retail Consumption License for the sale and service of alcoholic beverages be and is hereby issued under the Hotel/Motel exception to the Applicant for use at the Licensed Premises.

 

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-140

(Continued)

 

            2.         The Township Committee agrees to the stipulation in paragraph 2 above.

 

            3.         The  Township Clerk is hereby authorized and designated to issue, sign and deliver the license certificate to the Applicant on behalf of the Township.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk, hereby certify the above to be a true copy of a Resolution, adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury at a meeting held on July 12, 2004.

                                                                        _________________________

                                                                        Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk                          

 

Work Session (Continued)

 

b.      Open Space and Recreational Development

      The Township Committee discussed the Open Space and Recreational needs        for inclusion in the County's Open Space Master Plan along with recreational       projects that could be funded by a development grant from the Open Space            Trust Fund. Recreation Commissioner, Beth Veghte and Parks Chairwoman,          Judy Dossin both gave both their recommendations and requests for various            projects: Ms. Dossin indicated that there are plans to prioritize open space            parcels which are close to the village.  SubCommittee will be looking to get       together, possibly this month. A small pavilion, perhaps behind the tennis courts    to provide for a   number of community activities and groups (approx. cost:           $125,000), addition of one more basketball court, Use of barn for community use   on Updike property, a skate park and street hockey ($150,000),     Ms. Stave       recommended that Ms.   Dossin and Veghte discuss these ideas with the Planning Board.  

 

      Ms. Beauregard reported on the Barns.  There is still some uncertainty about the    barn which is on the Howarth property.  Ms. Beauregard should know more this       week about this barn.  The barn SubCommittee has not had a meeting but does     plan on meeting shortly.  There is some interest in preserving the structures on       the Updike property.  Ms. Beauregard spoke with Mr. Michael Kaiser regarding     what his estimate would be to do all four barns and he thought that approximately $150,000 for all four should cover the costs.  

 

      Mr. Carr will prepare a draft letter to the County prioritizing the various projects.

 

      Ms. Dossin mentioned that the Parks Board will be meeting this week and will be   putting together a list of eagle scout projects that would be meaningful to the            Township.  Also, Ms. Dossin thanked Ms. Waterbury, Township Attorney and the    Township Committee on making the second access on Maplewood Avenue to       Village Park a reality.  Ms. Stave thanked Cranbury Housing Associates as well     for giving the Township the easement. 

 

      Ms. Stave indicated the County has also requested that the Township come up      with some parcels for open space funding.  Ms. Stave spoke with Mr. Harvey        Moskowitz, Township Planner, and it was his recommendation that the Township     recommend UnExcel parcel, a former ammunitions plant, since it is a “brownfield    and cannot be developed for anything without extensive remediation, this is an       ideal for retirement to open space.

 

Work Session (Continued)

 

c.      Lights and access at Hannah and Masons

                        Hannah and Masons has offered to dedicate a five foot wide pedestrian                               easement along the rear lot line connecting to the school/Township property.  The Township Committee discussed the dedication of the pedestrian easement

                        along the rear lot line.  Hannah and Masons will not be required to pay for the                     pedestrian walkway, however they will pay for the lighting to light the walkway,

                        as well as their parking lot.  A recommendation was made to get the School           Board’s opinion of this at their next meeting.  The Township Engineer will send a             letter, from her and the Mayor outlining everything to the School Board. 

 

                        Ms. Beth Veghte raised her concern over childrens’ safety issues; crossing over     the parking lot to get to the school once the walkway is put in.

 

d.      Holland House Update/Police Station Construction

         The Township anticipates awarding a bid for the construction of the new police        station on 16 August with actual construction not starting till early September.            The construction manager requests that the Holland House be moved from it     current location by 1 August 2004.  The Township Committee discussed the date   for the deadline of moving the Holland House and a decision was made to have   the deadline of September 1, 2004 for the Holland House to be moved.  Mr.          Berkowsky reported that the bid openings for the police station are scheduled for        July 26, 2004. 

 

Ms. Beauregard did not participate in the following discussion:

 

e.      Wright South/Zurfluh Water Line

      The Township has gone out for bid on the demolition of the buildings on      the        Wright South Property in order to clear the land, abate the soil contamination and          build a baseball field.  A water line is currently being used by Mr. Zurfluh runs      across the property and needs to be relocated prior to demolition of the buildings.  The Township Attorney reported she had spoken to Mr. Zurfluh’s Attorney, who       reported the Zurfluhs are concerned that if they move the line, the Township will    then tell them that they have forfeited any type of claim for an easement they         may have had.  The Township Attorney recommended that the Township send        them a letter, telling them by moving the line, they are not forfeiting an easement         claim and giving a deadline of August 30, 2004 for the line to be moved.  A general discussion took place on how this impacts the timing of the new ballfield. 

 

Ms. Beauregard returned to the meeting.

 

f.       Rock-Cranbury L.L.C.:Half Acre Road/Route Road Widening

                        Rock-Cranbury is requesting that the Township exercise its power of                                              eminent domain and acquire a .03 acre (1300 square feet) piece of                                                 property on Rock-Cranbury's behalf.  This piece of property is required in                                  order for Rock-Cranbury to complete the Half Acre Road/Route 130                                                 improvements required by the Township's Planning Board approvals.  The                           Township Attorney briefed the Township Committee on the problem with a                          company called Avian not selling an easement to Rock-Cranbury, L.L.C. so they                              can proceed with the completion of their Half Acre Road/Route 130 project.  A                                 formal appraisal would have to be done.  Rock-Cranbury would have to pay for                                     both hard and soft costs if condemnation proceedings go forward.  The Township                Committee was unanimous in going forward with this process.

 

           

Work Session (Continued)

 

            g.         Drainage Easement Encroachment (17 Bodine Drive)

      Proposed agreement between the Township of Cranbury and the property   owner allowing for unrestricted access to a storm inlet, relocation of the fence           and various indemnification requirements. This agreement was required when it        was determined that a pool was encroaching in the drainage and buffer                   easement along the back of the property.  The Township Attorney briefed the         Township Committee on this issue and recommended that an agreement be put      into place allowing the pool to remain where it is, provided that the fence    is       relocated, unrestricted access was restored to the storm inlet and to the    easement area and that the Agreement carry very strong language that the           Township would not be responsible for any damage whatsoever that might be           caused in the future to the pool or anything else which may be a result of the          Township’s work to the pipe.  The Township Attorney also recommended for a      provision that if the property owner does any kind of work or reshaping of   the pool, the pool would then have to be taken out of the easement area.    The Township Attorney sent a draft of this Agreement back in April to the   homeowner’s attorney and has not heard anything back and asked the            Township Committee for direction.  The    Township Committee directed the       Township Attorney to send a letter to get this issue resolved.  The             Township Committee then discussed the issue of homeowners not             knowing where easements are on their properties.   

 

Public Comment

            The Mayor opened the meeting to public questions and comments on those items not on the agenda.   Judy Dossin, Parks Chairwoman, spoke concerning a telephone call she had received that a gentleman has been hitting “drivers” (golf) in Heritage Park.  There is a concern that someone is going to get hurt. Ms. Dossin also mentioned that she had prepared ordinances over a year ago addressing parks issues and asked why they have not been introduced yet.  Mr. Carr explained that those proposed ordinances are part of a large group of ordinances which are going to be introduced shortly and are at the Attorney’s office for review. Mr. Richard Kallan, Wynnewood Drive, asked when the intersection of Cranbury Neck Road and Main Street is going to be repaved by Sharbell.  Mr. Panconi mentioned that on Saturday, July 17, 2004 there was a letter to the editor in The Trenton Times pertaining to a soil testing ordinance being passed in by the Hamilton Township Council, asking for identification cleanup of any contaminated soil before housing developments, schools or commercial developments proceed on properties that were former industrial sites. Mr. Panconi requested that the Environmental Commission review this.  The Environmental Commission will review it and report back to the Township Committee. Mrs. Linda Scott, North Main Street, spoke in reference to property owners not being aware of easements on their property and suggested the Township creating a list. Also suggested was putting in an upcoming newsletter, an explanation on rights-of-way and easements.   Mr. David Stout suggested creating a data base.  Mr. Richard Kallan, Wynnewood Drive volunteered to input the information into a data base.  The Township Committee agreed and gave Mr. Kallan permission to go ahead with this project.  There being no further comments, the Mayor closed the public part of the meeting.

 

Mayor’s Notes

Rights-of-Way:  Ms. Stave addressed the issue of rights-of-way.

      If anyone wants to put something in a Township right-of-way, whether the Township owns    the right-of-way or the homeowner, the Township does own the right-of-way and controls        what goes into it and the person must come before the Township Committee to get   approval.    It is the Township’s responsibility to make sure what is in the right-of-way is      safe.

 

 

 

 

Mayor’s Notes (Continued)

 

Cranbury Brook (West Property) Ordinance:

 

      The Township Attorney’s office is preparing a draft ordinance for introduction pertaining to the Cranbury Brook (West Preserve).  Ms. Stave reported that the SubCommittee would like to meet and review the draft before bringing to the Township Committee for introduction.

 

      Truck Signage:

                  Ms. Stave asked the Township Engineer to request of Andrew, Shropshire Associates, the Consultant hired by the Planning Board to work on and give the SubCommittee  his suggestions on signage at either end of town to divert trucks away from the Village area. 

 

                  a.         SADC Easement Purchase Application - Barclay North/South

                                                The State is now asking the Township to pay 20% towards the                                          purchase application.  Ms. Stave had met with Greg Ramano, to see if                                           there was some way to push back on the 20%.  There is not; usually they                                ask for 40% and they suggested that the Township go to the County.                                        Ms. Stave is going to reach out to the Freeholder Director this week and                                        will report back to the Township Committee.

 

Ms. Beth Veghte, Recreation Chairwoman, mentioned various “2004 Fun in the Park Series” events going on this summer and urged everyone to attend.

 

Ms. Marcelli reported that she, Mayor Stannard and Trishka Waterbury, Township Attorney had met with residents at The Four Seasons on Friday afternoon in their clubhouse on various issues and procedures and it went well.

 

Mr. Carr asked the Township Committee if they wished to accept the 20% share of the costs from the SADC letter.  The Township Committee unanimously agreed.

 

On motion by Mr. Mayes, seconded by Mr. Panconi and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

 

                                                            _________________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk