Minutes: July 11, 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 Barrie Beaver, Dennis Downey, Gary Grey, Michael Furrey, David Gornstein (arrived 7:41 p.m.), Brenda Susman and Craig Williams answered the call.

Open Meeting to the Public

Maria Bazzon, residing at 20 Cedar Terrace, Glenwood, addressed the EC regarding concerns over mosquito control spraying. Mrs. Bazzon contacted the county mosquito commission and was advised that by law notices must be published in the newspaper advising residents of mosquito spraying dates. Mrs. Bazzon asked the EC how a resident who does not subscribe to a newspaper is notified of spraying dates. Mrs. Bazzon expressed concern over the harmful chemicals contained in the mosquito spray.

Steven Bazzon, also residing at 20 Cedar Terrace, Glenwood, asked the EC if this is a concern that the EC would address. Mr. Bazzon spoke to the EC about the Vernon Web Alert that advises residents of current issues such as the change of firework location. Mr. Bazzon asked the EC if mosquito spraying dates could be added to the Web Alert.

Craig Williams and David Gornstein responded that they agreed the information should be forwarded to all e-mail addresses registered to receive the Vernon Web Alert.

Craig Williams advised that the EC would contact the Town Manager and Gary Grey suggested contacting the freeholder.

Approval of Meeting Minutes

Gary Grey made a motion to approve the June 27, 2006 minutes; Michael Furrey seconded the motion.

Planning Board Liaison Report

David Gornstein discussed the e-mails regarding Crystal Springs and the site inspection. The earliest date the Crystal Springs application can be heard before the planning board is July 26th. They are waiting for the environmental impact statement and the LOI. Other issues must be resolved such as location of school bus stops and emergency response.

David Gornstein suggested the EC request the planning board defer hearing the Crystal Springs application until the EC has an opportunity to review the Environmental Impact Statement.

Brenda Susman asked if there was any progress on the Lot Development Plan. David Gornstein responded he has not received any new information to date.

New Business

Mountain Resort Zone Ordinance

The EC discussed various aspects of the proposed ordinance. Michael Furrey addressed the EC regarding the proposed maximum building height of 100' and Brenda Susman addressed the EC regarding the proposed steep slopes.

Craig Williams stated that the ordinance must define the degree of steep slopes and indicate limits that may not be exceeded.

Gary Grey added that the Black Creek must be protected during construction. He would like to see double coverage on all erosion control practices.

Gypsy Moths

Barrie Beaver stated concern over the state’s decision that Vernon’s infestation of gypsy moths is of no great consequence. The EC discussed the possibility of the next cycle of gypsy moths being very significant. Craig Williams suggested that the EC will notify Don Teolis that the EC will be requesting the State for an egg mass survey.

Old Business

Crystal Springs Site Inspection

A site inspection was scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 2006.

ESA Ordinance

Craig Williams presented a question posed by Dennis Miranda—Why aren’t you considering habitat for endangered species as a component of the ESAs? Barrie Beaver responded that he assumed habitat was a part of the criteria.

The EC discussed the components of the ESAs such as high water table and slope.

The EC discussed the practicality of including habitat as a component of the ESAs. The EC reviewed Threatened and Endangered Species Priority Sites.

The EC agreed that based upon current maps and information, including habitats as a component of the ESAs would not be supportable unless the critical locations could be defined. The EC does not currently have the information or resources available to define the locations.

Shade Tree Ordinance

Brenda Susman will follow-up on the status.


There being no further items of business for the regular meeting, a motion was made by Dennis Downey to adjourn the meeting; David Gornstein seconded the motion. The regular meeting of the Vernon Township Environmental Commission was adjourned at 9:22 p.m.