Minutes: February 4, 2009

Call Meeting to Order

Mr. Williams called the meeting to order at 7:22 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 adequate notice as defined in Section 4D of Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 has been transmitted from the Vernon Municipal Center to the New Jersey Herald on January 15, 2009 and published on January 20, 2009. Notice is posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call

Barrie BeaverA
Dennis DowneyP
Michael FurreyP
David GornsteinA
Dan BoltzP
Craig Williams, ChairP
Allison PetrykP

Also Present

Cynthia Davis, Recording Secretary

Pledge of Allegiance

Open Meeting to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public

Approval of Meeting Minutes

Ms. Petryk made a motion to accept the minutes for the EC meeting of January 20, 2009. Dennis Downey seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Planning Board Liaison Report

Mr. Gornstein was not present, therefore no report was presented at this meeting.

Applications for Review


Old Business

Open Space—Town Council (“TC”) Presentation

Mr. Williams advised that three of the EC members were present, he, Mr. Boltz, and Mr. Downey. Mr. Williams reviewed the presentation given to the TC which included maps showing proposed additions to the bike path which will comprise approximately 20 miles from beginning to end connecting Crystal Springs, Legends, Mountain Creek and the Vernon schools.

New Business

The Land Conservancy of NJ Proposal

This was passed around to the members and briefly discussed.

ERI Update

The EC received a letter from John Robinson, who prepared the existing ERI, offering his services to update the Vernon NRI/ERI. Mr. Williams advised that the Planning Board accepted the current NRI/ERI for “advice only.” The Highlands Coalition advised that as part of updating the Master Plan, the ERI would also need to be updated and accepted by the Planning Board by December 9, 2009. The Highlands Coalition would also like to help Vernon with this update. We need to explore with the Town Council what the best route would be to update the ERI and the costs involved.

Mr. Furrey suggested that Vernon should work on getting designation from the DEP of “sole source aquifer” for Vernon’s main aquifer as the protections associated with this are significant.


Ms. Petryk made a motion and Mr. Furrey seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:08 p.m.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on February 16, 2009.

Minutes approved: March 4, 2009