TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING
July 26, 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:  Thomas Panconi, Jr., Pari Stave and Mayor Stannard.  Ms. Beauregard was absent and Mr. Mayes arrived at 8:45 p.m.  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

 

--Committee Minutes 28 June and 12 July 2004

            On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Stannard and unanimously carried, the minutes of June 28 and July 12, 2004 were adopted.

 

--Sub Committee Reports -

            Mr. Panconi reported that the Police Contract Negotiations SubCommittee met with the Police on Thursday, July 22, 2004 and this evening, the SubCommittee held a meeting. The next meeting is scheduled with the Police for Thursday, July 29, 2004.

 

Agenda Additions/Changes

 

Ordinances

             First Reading

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-14

 

An Ordinance entitled, “Cranbury Township Ordinance #  07-04-14, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION OF A PERMANENT RIGHT-OF-WAY ACROSS A PORTIONOF PROPERTY DESIGNATED AS BLOCK 7, LOT 1 ON THE CRANBURY TOWNSHIP TAX MAP TO FACILITATE THE COMPLETION OF THE HALF ACRE ROAD AND ROUTE 130 INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS”,  was introduced for first reading.  On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Panconi, the Ordinance was passed on first reading by vote:

 

                                                                        Absent:  (Beauregard

                                                                                      (Mayes

 

            Ayes:                (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stannard                     

(Stave

 

            Nays:                None

 

                                                            Public Hearing:  August 16, 2004

 

WHEREAS, on April 3, 2003, Rock-Cranbury, LLC (“Rock-Cranbury”) received Planning Board approval to construct 2,086,216 square feet of warehouse/office/retail space on certain land designated as Block 4, Lots 1.01, 1.02 and 1.03 on the Cranbury Township Tax Map; and

 

WHEREAS, as a condition of said approval, Rock-Cranbury is responsible for making certain improvements to the Half Acre Road and Route 130 intersection; and

 

WHEREAS, these improvements require acquisition of a .03 acre right-of-way across a portion of property designated as Lot 1, Block 7 on the Township’s Tax Map (“Property”) and owned by AVN Holding Company, LLC (“AVN”); and

 

WHEREAS, despite extensive negotiations with AVN, Rock-Cranbury has been unable to acquire this right-of-way; and

 

WHEREAS, Rock-Cranbury accordingly has requested the Township’s assistance in acquiring same; and

 

WHEREAS, it is in the public interest that the necessary public roadway improvements be completed expeditiously; and

 

WHEREAS, in order to facilitate the expeditious completion of the improvements, Cranbury Township must acquire, by purchase, gift, or condemnation, a permanent right-of-way across a portion of said Property; and

 

WHEREAS, it is estimated that the cost of acquiring said right-of-way, together with title, legal and other closing costs, will be approximately fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00); and

 

WHEREAS, Rock-Cranbury has agreed to finance the entire cost of acquiring the above-referenced Property, including, but not limited to, the consideration to be paid for the above-referenced acquisition as well as the Township’s attorneys’ fees and other costs; and

 

WHEREAS, to that end, Rock-Cranbury has agreed to deposit into escrow with the Township’s Chief Financial Officer the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) toward said costs of acquisition and has further agreed to supplement or replenish said escrow account from time to time as required by the Township to finance the costs hereof; and

 

WHEREAS, the Township Committee finds that there is a public need for this acquisition and that the acquisition is in the public interest;

 

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 et. seq., the acquisition by purchase, gift or condemnation of a permanent right-of-way across a portion of property designated as Block 7, Lot 1 in Cranbury Township is hereby authorized.

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-14

 

            2.         The Township Administrator, Township Attorney, Township Engineer and other appropriate staff are hereby authorized and directed to proceed with such acquisition and undertake any and all acts to effectuate said acquisition; and, in the event the acquisition cannot reasonably be effected through gifts or negotiated purchase, condemnation proceedings pursuant to N.J.S.A. 20:3-1 et seq,, may be initiated, including the filing of a Declaration of Taking and deposit into curt of the estimated fair market value of the property interests sought to be acquired.

 

            3.         The Mayor and Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to sign any documents or pleadings to effectuate the purposes hereof.

 

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

 

Ordinance

            First Reading

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-17

 

An Ordinance entitled, “Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-17, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY CONCERNING LAND DEVELOPMENT AND AMENDING THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY, was introduced for first reading.  On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Panconi, the Ordinance was passed on first reading by vote:

 

                                                                                    Absent:  (Beauregard

                                                                                    (Mayes

 

            Ayes:                (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stannard                     

(Stave

 

            Nays:                None

 

                                                            Public Hearing:  August 30, 2004

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # R 07-04-17

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY CONCERNING LAND DEVELOPMENT AND AMENDING 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” (“Land Development Ordinance”), regulates land use and development in the Township and sets forth the applicable procedures for applying to the Cranbury Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board for land use approval; and

 

WHEREAS, the Planning Board has recommended to the Township Committee that various changes be made to said Land Development Ordinance;

 

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

 

1.         Chapter 150 of the Code of the Township of Cranbury (“Code”), the “Land Development Ordinance of Cranbury Township,” shall be amended by adding a new definition to Section 150-7 as follows:

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # R 07-04-17

(Continued)

 

            § 150-7.            Definitions.

 

DOCK – A structure, whether fixed or floating, attached at one end to the shoreline and extending on or over the surface of a lake and intended to facilitate access to the lake for boating or swimming.  For purposes of this ordinance, “dock” and “pier” shall mean the same.

 

2.         Chapter 150 shall be further amended by adding a new section 34A thereto as follows:

 

§ 150-34A.        Docks and Piers.

 

All docks or piers, whether permanent or temporary, shall adhere to the following regulations.  An applicant for a dock or pier shall submit plans to the Zoning Officer to ensure the adequacy of construction and mooring.  The Zoning Officer may refer the plans to the Township Engineer for review and recommendation(s).  For purposes of this ordinance, the terms “dock” and “pier” shall mean the same.

                       

A.                  There shall be no more than one dock for each lot.

 

B.         All docks shall be installed parallel to the shore and shall not extend into the water more than five feet.           

 

                        C.         The maximum width of a dock shall be twenty feet.

 

D.                  The minimum distance to a side lot line shall be twenty feet.

 

E.                  The height of the dock or pier above water shall not be higher than the adjacent land.

 

F.                  The owner of a dock shall execute an agreement, acceptable to the Township Attorney, to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Township and its employees, agents, and officials from and against any and all claims for damages or injury caused by or related to the dock or pier.

 

G.                 The dock shall be marked as to the identity of the owner.

 

H.                  All parts of a retaining wall, including footings, braces and foundations, built or to be built at or near the lake line shall be located on the land side of the lake line and not in the lake.

 

3.         Chapter 150 shall be further amended by revising Paragraph A(6)(j) of Section 150-61 as follows (deletions are [bracketed] and additions are underlined):

 

§ 150-61.           Stormwater management.

 

            A.         Stormwater management standards.

 

(6)                 Dams and embankments.

 

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-17

(Continued)

 

(j)         Detention basins shall be [sodded] seeded, attractively buffered and landscaped, and designed as to minimize propagation of insects, particularly mosquitoes.  All landscaping and buffering shall be approved by the Township. No trees or shrubs shall be permitted on slopes or banks for facilities constructed in fill.  All detention and retention basins with permanent dry weather pools of water shall have a water depth to minimize propagation of mosquitoes and provided with mechanical aeration or other approved means to maintain water quality.

 

4.         Chapter 150 shall be further amended by revising Paragraph A of Section 150-76 as follows (deletions are [bracketed] and additions are underlined):

 

§ 150-76.           Development review committee.

 

A.         The Development Review Committee shall consist of [five] six members.  The appointees shall be two members from the Planning Board (one of whom may be the Mayor) to be appointed by the Chairperson, one member from the Zoning Board of Adjustment to be appointed by the Board of Adjustment, one member from the Environmental Commission to be appointed by the Commission, the Township Planner and the Township Engineer.  The Zoning Officer and the Building Inspector may provide advice to the Development Review Committee as required.  The terms of all members shall be one year, computed from the first day of January of the year of appointment.  Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment and those occurring other than by the expiration of a term shall be filled for the duration of the expired term.  Members shall continue serving after the expiration of their terms until such time as their successors shall be appointed.

 

5.         Chapter 150 shall be further amended by revising the introductory portion only of Paragraph B(2) of Section 150-84 as follows (deletions are [bracketed] and additions are underlined):

 

                        § 150-84.           General provisions.

 

B.                  Uses requiring site plan approval.

 

(2)        A change in use or occupancy of a building or land requires site plan approval if one or more of the following criteria is met, as determined by the Zoning Officer [when an applicant applies for a building permit]:

 

6.         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.

 

 

 

 

Ordinance

        First Reading

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-18

 

An Ordinance entitled, “Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-18, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY CHANGING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE I-LI AND I-LIS ZONING DISTRICTS AND AMENDING CHAPTER 150 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY, was introduced for first reading.  On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Panconi, the Ordinance was passed on first reading by vote:

 

            Ayes:                                                                Absent:  (Beauregard

                                    (Mayes

                                    (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stannard                     

(Stave

 

            Nays:                None

 

                                                            Public Hearing:  August 30, 2004

 

                                                                             

WHEREAS, Article III of Chapter 150 of the Code of the Township of Cranbury (“Code”), the “Land Development Ordinance of Cranbury Township” (“Land Development Ordinance”), establishes zoning districts in the Township and imposes rules and regulations upon land use within those zoning districts; and

 

WHEREAS, property designated as Block 10, Lot 19 on the Township Tax Map and owned by Keystone Properties is currently in the Industrial-Light Impact (I-LI) Zone; and

 

WHEREAS, Block 10, Lot 19 is adjacent to the Industrial-Light Impact Sewered (I-LIS) Zone; and

                                                                

WHEREAS, at the time the I-LIS Zone was created, Block 10, Lot 19 was not included therein because it was served by an existing on-site sewage treatment facility and not publicly sewered; and

 

WHEREAS, Block 10, Lot 19 is being redeveloped and as part of its redevelopment, the existing on-site sewage treatment plant is being removed and public sewers are being extended thereto; and 

                                              

WHEREAS, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Middlesex County Planning Board and the Lower Raritan-Middlesex County Water Resources Association have endorsed the elimination of the on-site plant from Block 10, Lot 19 and extension of public sewers thereto;

 

WHEREAS, it is therefore appropriate to now include Block 10, Lot 19 in the I-LIS Zone;

 

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

 

1.         The boundaries of the Industrial-Light Impact (I-LI) and Industrial-Light Impact Sewered (I-LIS) Zones are hereby changed by removing Block 10, Lot 19 from the I-LI Zone and by adding Block 10, Lot 19 to the I-LIS Zone. 

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-18

(Continued)

 

2.         Paragraph A of Section 150-9 of the Code of the Township of Cranbury (“Code”), which adopts the zoning map for the Township of Cranbury, is hereby amended by removing from

said map Block 10, Lot 19 from the I-LI Zone and adding Block 10, Lot 19 to the I-LIS Zone, and revising the text of Paragraph A as follows (additions are underlined; deletions are [bracketed]):

 

§ 150-9.            Zone districts.

 

A.         Zoning Map.  The boundaries of said zones are established on the Zoning Map, Township of Cranbury, dated October 1995, as prepared by Moskowitz, Heyer & Gruel and amended through August 2004 by Hatch Mott MacDonald (formerly Killam Associates), which is hereby adopted and made a part of this chapter.

 

3.         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.

 

Ordinance

      First Reading

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-19

 

An Ordinance entitled, “Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-19, AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AN EIGHT-YEAR FARMLAND PRESERVATION PLAN, was introduced for first reading.  On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Panconi, the Ordinance was passed on first reading by vote:

 

                                                                                    Absent:  (Beauregard

                                                                                                  (Mayes

 

            Ayes:                (Panconi                                   Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stannard                     

(Stave

 

            Nays:                None

 

                                                            Public Hearing: August 16, 2004

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

AGRICULTURE RETENTION AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

MUNICIPALLY APPROVED FARMLAND PRESERVATION PROGRAM

MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE

 

WHEREAS, the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:1X-21 provide for the establishment of municipally approved farmland preservation programs (hereinafter “municipally approved program”); and

 

WHEREAS, the PETITION OF Henry Realty Company, LLC (hereinafter landowner(s) concerning the parcel of land located in the Township of Cranbury, in the County of Middlesex, New Jersey, known and designated as the following:

 

            Block 2                         Lot(s)    1

 

on the tax map of the Township of Cranbury, Middlesex County, New Jersey has been forwarded to the Middlesex County Agriculture Development Board of creation of a municipally approved program; and

 

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-19

(Continued)

 

WHEREAS, the Middlesex County Agriculture Development Board has found that the PETITION meets the minimum eligibility criteria established by the Board and the State Agriculture Development Committee in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2:76-4 and has forwarded a copy of said PETITION to the planning board of Middlesex County, the governing body of the Township of Cranbury and the planning board of the Township of Cranbury; and

 

WHEREAS, the Planning Board of the Township of Cranbury has reviewed said PETITION and has reported to the governing body of the Township of Cranbury as to the potential effect of the proposed municipally approved program upon the planning policies and objectives of the Township of Cranbury; and

 

WHEREAS, the governing body of the Township of Cranbury has reviewed the report of the planning board of the Township of Cranbury, reviewed the PETITION filed, and has held a public hearing in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., in regard to same on the 26th day of July, 2004;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the governing body of the Township of Cranbury as follows:

 

            1.         The governing body of the Township of Cranbury does hereby recommend to the Middlesex County Agriculture Development Board that the PETITION for the creation of the municipally approved program be hereby:

 

            Approved for the reasons set forth below:

 

            1.         Cranbury Township supports farmland preservation.

 

            2.         Cranbury Township supports the landowner’s desire to seek cost share for soil and water conservation purposes.

 

            3.         The landowner is protected from eminent domain.

 

            2.         This Ordinance shall be effective upon approval of same upon second reading as provided by law.

 

Ordinance

        Second Reading

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-15

 

A motion to enter 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 THREE, 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, LOT 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. Stave, seconded by Mr. Panconi, 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. 

 

                                                                                    Absent:  (Beauregard

                                                                                    (Mayes

 

            Ayes:                (Panconi

                          (Stannard                                Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stave

                       

            Nays:                None

 

           

Ordinances

    Second Reading

 

Cranbury Township Ordinance # 07-04-16

 

A motion to enter 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 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. Ms. Stave recommended that the Township not be bound to the name of “Updike Park” and the Parks Commission will come up with a recommendation.  Ms. Judy Dossin, Parks Chairperson, indicated that in the Township Ordinance pertaining to parks, no parks may be named for individuals.  No one present wished to speak, so the hearing was declared closed.  On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Panconi, the Ordinance was adopted by a vote:

 

                                                                                    Absent:  (Beauregard

                                                                                                 (Mayes

 

            Ayes:                (Panconi

                          (Stannard                                Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stave

                       

            Nays:                None

 

Resolutions

     Consent

 

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

 

                                                                                    Absent:  (Beauregard

                                                                                                 (Mayes

 

            Ayes:                (Panconi

                          (Stannard                                Abstain:  (None

                                    (Stave

                       

            Nays:                None

                                                           

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-145

 

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 07-04-146

 

TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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 26, 2004.

__________________________

Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-147

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER TO SIGN ON BEHALF OF THE TAX COLLECTOR IN HIS/HER ABSENCE

 

WHEREAS, from time to time the need exists for the Tax Collector’s signature on various documents, and

 

WHEREAS, the Tax Collector may be out for extended periods of time, whether it be for vacation, illness or other reasons,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury that when the Tax Collector is out for any extended period of time and the need arises for his/her signature, the Chief Financial Officer may sign on behalf of said Tax Collector, and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Resolution be sent to:

 

            a)         Tax Collector

            b)         Chief Financial Officer

            c)         Township Administrator

            d)         Tax Assessor

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk, hereby certify that this is a certified copy of a Resolution, adopted by the Township Committee on July 26, 2004.

 

                                                            _________________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-148

 

WHEREAS, the County of Middlesex was late in setting the tax rate for Cranbury

Township for the year 2004; and

 

WHEREAS, this will cause a delay in releasing the tax bills for Cranbury Township for the third quarter for year 2004;

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury that the grace period for the payment of 3rd quarter 2004 taxes be extended to 25 days after the date the tax bills are mailed (August 23, 2004).

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, hereby certify the above to be a true copy of a Resolution adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury at a regular meeting held on July 26, 2004.

 

                                                                        _________________________

                                                                        Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

 Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-149

 

WHEREAS, Police Chief Jay Hansen is the Township Emergency Management Coordinator, and

 

WHEREAS, there exists a need to have a Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator,

 

 

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-149

(Continued)

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury that Patrolman Ryan Dworzanski be appointed as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for a three-year term, and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this Resolution be given to:

 

            1.    Chief Jay Hansen

            2.    Patrolman Ryan Dworzanski

            3.    Township Administrator

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, hereby certify that this is a true copy of a Resolution, adopted by the Township Committee on July 26, 2004.

 

                                                            __________________________

                                                            Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-150

 

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANBURY

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF PLAN REVIEW AND ENGINEERING ESCROW FOR SUDLER CORPORATION, CRANSUD ONE, LLC CRANSUD TWO, LLC BLOCK 5, LOT 17.01

 

WHEREAS, Sudler Corporation has outstanding credits in their Plan Review & Engineering escrow accounts previously posted with the Township, and

 

WHEREAS, the Township Engineer and the Township Planner have no outstanding bills.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury release outstanding credits in Sudler Corporation’s Plan Review and Engineering escrow accounts.

 

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

 

            (a)        Township Engineer

            (b)        Township Chief Financial Officer

            ©          Steven c. Spinweber, Sudler Companies, Morris Corp. Center 1, 300

                        Interpace Parkway; Parsippany, NJ 07054

            (d)        Township Attorney

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk, hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of a Resolution passed by the Township of Cranbury at a meeting duly held on July 26, 2004.

 

                                                                        _________________________

                                                                        Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk

 

 

 

 

Work Session

 

            a.         Boy Scout Eagle Project Bike Path at Village Park

                        Proposal to design and build a Biking Park in Village Park.  Project is part of an                             Eagle Project which will be placed on public lands. 

 

                        Beth Veghte, Recreation Director gave a summary of Keith Vincelette’s proposal                            for a biking trail in Village Park and indicated that maintenance would be done by                    other scout troops. Keith then addressed the Township Committee,                                         giving an in-depth presentation of his proposed plan.  Several members of the                                     Township Committee spoke concerning the maintenance and liability issues.                                  Mayor spoke concerning the liability issue and asked if a letter could be obtained                           from an insurance representative.  Ms. Judy Dossin, Parks Chairman, spoke in                                 favor of the bike path.  Mr. Wayne Wittman, Troop Leader, spoke concerning the                                maintenance issue and indicated the Boy Scouts are presently working on a                              schedule to maintain various projects which were done in Cranbury Township.                                 The Scouts are setting money aside now for this purpose.  Mayor Stannard                              indicated the Township is presently in the process of putting together a list of                             projects for Eagle Scouts.  Mr. Richard Kallan, Wynnewood Drive raised concern

                        over safety and enforcement.  The Township Attorney offered a suggestion to Mr.                Vincelette, to find out how other municipalities address these issues of insurance                                   and maintenance, etc. and report back to the Committee.

 

b.         South Brunswick Force Main Extension (Cathy Marcelli)

      Ms. Marcelli reported the project is anticipated to be complete and ready for           service by 30 July 2004.  There have been a number of delays attributed to        the acquisition of easements.  The original contract completion date was     24 April             2004 but the project site is not complete and there are a few outstanding    sections of work.  Ms. Marcelli and Ms. Waterbury, Township Engineer,    recommended to the Township Committee that a letter be sent to the contractor,      giving him a completion date. 

 

Public Hearing On Municipally Approved Eight-Year Program for Henry Realty Company, LLC

 

c.         At this time, the Township Committee held a public hearing on the application of     Henry Realty Company, LLC to enter into an Eight-Year Program with the County         of Middlesex and Township of Cranbury for the restriction of nonagricultural   development. The Clerk indicated that owners within 200 feet of this parcel had       been notified. Mr. Henry asked the next procedure for this to be enacted.  Mr.           Carr explained to Mr. Henry that the second reading of the Ordinance will be held           on August 16, 2004 and a letter will be sent to the County notifying them.  The             Mayor closed the public meeting.

 

d.         2005 NJDOT Municipal Aid Application (Cathy Marcelli)

      The Township had been extremely successful in receiving funding from this             program.  The Cranbury Neck Road Sidewalk (to include application for        additional discretionary aid) and monies for Liberty Way are past       projects.  2005   funding recommendations are for continued funding for Liberty Way and      sidewalk extensions along the North Side of Old Trenton Road from the end of        the sidewalk vicinity the Sharbell to Shadow Oaks.  Ms. Marcelli, Township         Engineer, recommended making Liberty Way, North of Half Acre Road, and       Priority 2 to keep the Bridge on the list.   Safe Street for Schools” should be Old    Trenton Road and lastly, Plainsboro Road.  The Township Committee agreed    with Ms. Marcelli’s recommendations.

 

 

 

Work Session (Continued)

 

e.         Senior Survey (Beth Vegthe)

      The Recreation Commission developed the Senior Census as an   information gathering tool to learn about the issues that concern the Senior         

      citizens of Cranbury.  The census was mailed to all the Township residents            in the Spring Newsletter.  Ms. Veghte, Chairman of the Recreation Commission,       gave a report on the survey.  Only 29 responses were received. Several of the           seniors expressed a desire to have health screenings on a yearly basis, as well      as various exercise programs.  Ms. Judy Dossin, Parks Chairman, recommended            doing co-sponsorships for various events with other municipalities. Ms. Veghte indicated that a town-wide needs assessment will be done shortly. Mr. Panconi      asked if any seniors do not come out to vote because of the location (in the            basement).   Ms. Stave recommended that a question be put in the newsletter, asking if anyone needs assistance getting to the polls to vote.

 

Public Comment

 

            The Mayor opened the meeting to public questions and comments on those items not on the agenda. There being no further comments, the Mayor closed the public part of the meeting.

 

Mayor’s Notes

 

Mark Berkowsky gave the Township Committee an update on the police station bids, which the Township received last Friday.  The bids are presently being reviewed by the Township Engineer and the award of the lowest and most responsible bidder should be within the next few weeks.  He will keep the Township Committee informed.  Mr. Berkowsky, did, however, inform the Township Committee that the bids were over the amount that the Township wanted to spend.  

 

Mayor Stannard thanked Mr. Richard Kallan, Wynnewood Drive, on behalf of the Township Committee, for his many hours’ work on the easement project he has been working on. 

 

Mayor Stannard reported that the Township is still pursuing a course of turning Cranbury Neck Road, (where it turns around the corner where the homes are fairly close to the road) into a “No Passing Zone”. 

 

The Mayor opened the meeting to public questions and comments on those items not on the agenda.   

 

Ms. Judy Dossin, Parks Chairman, asked about the status of ordinances which are being re-written on parks.  Ms. Waterbury responded that these ordinances are in the process of being ready for the August 16, 2004 meeting for introduction.

 

Ms. Dossin, Wynnewood Drive, spoke against the recent signs which individuals placed on their properties in support of the teachers.  Ms. Dossin indicated she was speaking on behalf of several residents who were very upset by the signage in town.

 

Ms. Stave asked about the status of the Board of Education’s feelings on a path from Hannah & Mason’s to the school parking lot.   Mr. Carr reported that Ms. Marcelli, Township Engineer, wrote a letter and thus far the School Board has not responded.

 

Ms. Stave also mentioned a letter which was sent to Mark Mullen, regarding the drainage from the farmland onto his property and wanted to be sure that Mr. Mullen understands that this is a

Public Comment (Continued)

 

Deed-restricted property and the Township will have no control or ability to even suggest to the future owner how the crop should be positioned or what to grow.  Mr. Carr responded, he has spoken to Mr. Mullen and explained the Township’s position on this.  In addition, the Township

 

Engineer went out to the site, the Natural Resource Conservation Board and the Dept. of Agriculture came down and provided some recommendations.          

 

Ms. Beth Veghte, Bunker Hill, asked why there were two patrolman on duty while the sidewalks were being done recently.  Ms. Marcelli responded that they were hired by the contractor.

 

Resolution

 

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

 

            Ayes:   

(Mayes                                     Absent:  (Beauregard

                        (Panconi                                                                                  

                        (Stannard                                  Abstain:  (None

                        (Stave

           

            Nays:    None

 

Cranbury Township Resolution # R 07-04-144

 

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 June 28, 2004.

 

            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:  July 26, 2004

 

On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Panconi 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 June 28, 2004 were adopted.

 

A discussion took place regarding the Fire Official’s budget and his request for a vehicle.  The Township Committee unanimously agreed that a vehicle is not necessary for a Fire Official who is only at the Township part-time (approx. 9 hours a week).

 

On motion by Ms. Stave, seconded by Mr. Mayes and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 10:40 p.m.

 

                                                                        _________________________

                                                                        Kathleen R. Cunningham, Clerk