Minutes: February 28, 2006

Meeting was called to order by Craig Williams at 7:40 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

The following statement of compliance was read by Craig Williams.

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 adequate notice as defined in Section 3D of Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 has been communicated from the Vernon Municipal Center to the New Jersey Herald and published on January 20, 2006. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Salute to Flag

Roll Call

The roll call of members was called and Gary Grey, Michael Furrey, David Gornstein (arrived 7:48 p.m.), Brenda Susman and Craig Williams answered the call.

Applications Under Review

ZB #9-05-18: Glenwood Management LP—Revised Site Plan and Drainage Report

The EC reviewed the plans including details of the detention basin and the sewer pump station. The EC agreed to verify suitable sewerage connection. The EC reviewed the soil classifications found on the property, some of which were classified as “severe.”

The EC found the following concerns:

  1. A large portion of the developed area falls within the ESA and the buffer.
  2. The planned location for the storm water detention basin consists of soil not suitable for such purpose.
  3. What will be the response plan for sewer pump failure?

PB #12-05-13: Mitelin Motors—Revised Site Plan and Survey

The EC reviewed the revised plans and found the following concerns:

  1. The property has a high water table.
  2. The plan did not include soil logs for review.
  3. The catch basins did not include sediment controls.
  4. Possible contamination of the aquifer.
  5. The plan does not delineate the ESA.
  6. The plan does not delineate the stream corridor buffer.

PB #2-06-3: Main Street Associates—Amended Site Plan

The EC agreed the application does not create significant environmental impact.

Approval of Meeting Minutes

David Gornstein made a motion to approve the February 14, 2006 minutes; Brenda Susman seconded the motion.

Planning Board Liaison Report

David Gornstein reported that the Michael Pappa application is no longer under review by the PB. The applicant plans to install a chain link fence and storage bins for gravel. The PB advised that these plans do not require PB approval. Therefore, all PB fees were refunded to the applicant. The hazards found by the EC on the property were not addressed by the PB. The EC discussed reporting the hazards to the DEP and also the fire marshal.

David Gornstein reported that the PB committee responsible for reviewing the NRI has not taken any action to date.

Open Meeting to the Public

Town council Liaison Austin Carew was present. Mr. Carew participated in various discussions related to the “Old Business” portion of the meeting.

Old Business

Shade Tree Ordinance

Brenda Susman reported that she has attempted to contact Fred Suljic to arrange an appointment for Austin Carew and herself but has not received a response.

Austin Carew suggested that Brenda forward a letter to Fred Suljic and ask when the EC should expect to receive a shade tree ordinance. The letter should be copied to Don Teolis, Lou Kneip and Austin Carew.

Brenda Susman advised that she needs to provide some form of tree protection to the Highland Lakes community which is very concerned over the loss of trees.

Austin Carew responded that Highland Lakes has different needs then other areas of the town. He cautioned that the ordinance must be drafted with regulations acceptable for the entire town. If Highland Lakes or the other lake communities require more stringent protection they may create additional protections within their own by-laws.

A&P Plaza Waste Disposal

Austin Carew questioned the status of the A&P Plaza waste disposal. Craig Williams explained that the issues were reported to the health department and the health department responded quickly.

Austin Carew questioned if the A&P Plaza plans to connect to the new sewers. Austin Carew was under the impression that it was a condition of the A&P Plaza to connect to the sewers when the sewers are available.


Austin Carew reported the flyers are being printed. Craig Williams reported that he will be attending a town council meeting requesting environmental funds for the Earthfest. The EC discussed ideas for their table at the Earthfest.

Student EC Member

Brenda Susman questioned Austin Carew about recruiting a high school student to participate on the EC. The other EC members agreed with the idea.

Upper Plateau

Craig Williams reported that Lou Kneip has become actively involved and has suggested constructing detention pond #2 before any further construction occur.

In addition, Lou Kneip proposed construction of a third detention pond. Craig Williams explained that if the DEP buffer delineation is encroached upon Woodmont Homes will be obligated to file a permit with the DEP for the encroachment.

If they file a permit for the encroachment, they will loose their Highlands Act exemption.

New Business

Craig Williams reported he has been invited to attend the recreation board meeting to present them with potential canoe launch sites.

David Gornstein questioned if it would be possible to receive the agenda via e-mail the day prior to the meeting.

Brenda Susman reported she is attending an Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions workshop on March 10 regarding th protecting natural resources, in case any of the EC members are interested in attending.


There being no further items of business for the regular meeting, a motion was made by Michael Furrey to adjourn the meeting; David Gornstein seconded the motion. The regular meeting of the Vernon Township Environmental Commission was adjourned at 10:20 p.m.