Minutes: June 6, 2011

Call Meeting to Order

Jessi Paladini called the meeting to order.

Statement of Compliance

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this Regular Meeting has been provided to the public and the press on January 20, 2011 by delivering to the press such notice and posting same at the Municipal Building and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call

Michael FurreyA
David GornsteinP
Allison PetrykP
Michael CheskiP
Mike Rubin (joined meeting at 7:30 p.m.)P
Beverly BudzP
Ariana MirandaA
Jessi PaladiniP

Also Present

Mayor Sally Rinker

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jessi Paladini.

Sustainable New Jersey

Ms. Paladini advised that there was a guest speaker from Sustainable Jersey scheduled to speak at tonight’s meeting, however he had to cancel due to heavy traffic. EC members expressed interest in finding out how other towns were participating in the Sustainable Jersey program.

Tennessee Pipeline Project

Jessi Paladini advised that Beverly Budz and Mike Cheski volunteered to be liaisons for EC for the purpose of monitoring the progress of the pipeline project. Ms. Budz and Mr Cheski took a training course and are now certified to be at the construction site. Concerns were expressed regarding creosote soaked railroad ties being used to support equipment being transported over wetlands. Mayor Rinker advised that there is an environmentally friendly substance that could be used instead of creosote. Ms. Budz advised that she obtained a sample of the substance being used. Other concerns included the pipeline company contracting with an outside company to pick up dust from in front of the construction site. Ms. Budz expressed concern that this dust may contain uranium. Ms. Budz feels that the dust is being dumped somewhere in Vernon. Mr. Cheski stated that Tenneco seemed to be following federal guidelines in order to protect themselves from any legal battles. Ms. Paladini questioned whether upcoming plans for paving Canistear road should be delayed while the pipeline project is still going on. Ms. Paladini stated concerns that heavy machinery used by the pipeline company could possibly damage the newly paved road. Ms. Paladini also spoke of a conflict of interest regarding Mr. Furrey being a member of the EC and also doing water testing for the pipeline company.

Appalachian Trail Initiative—Update

There was discussion regarding past issues concerning clear cutting on the Appalachian Trail.

Western Highlands Scenic Byway

Ms. Paladini advised that Dennis Miranda, former EC chairman, found the file he was looking for and Ms. Paladini will be using the information provided to complete the Western Highlands Scenic Byway application. Mayor Rinker suggested contacting Corey Stoner to see if he completed a map for the application.

Solar Panel Ordinance

There was discussion regarding the solar panel ordinance completed by the Land Use Board (LUB). Mr. Gornstein advised that there is an application for a solar farm being heard by the LUB.

Applications for Review

Mr. Gornstein advised of an application by Market Square Management who is requesting waivers for a private use solar field. Ms. Budz expressed concerns regarding the solar panels emitting heat as well as the effects on wetlands.

Correspondence

Careaga Engineering sent correspondence for repair of a malfunctioning septic system.

Adoption of Minutes

There was a motion by Mike Rubin to approve Regular Meeting Minutes from May 2011 and seconded by Mike Cheski. A roll call vote was taken with all in favor.

There was a motion by Allison Petryk to approve the Executive Session Minutes from May 2011 and seconded by Mike Rubin. A roll call vote was taken with all in favor.

Land Use Board Liaison Report

David Gornstein spoke regarding a use variance for Mountain Gate. The EC discussed concerns regarding the environmental impact from clear cutting for solar panel field, as well as the issues of steep slopes, paintball chemicals in wetlands and cutting down trees. Beverly Budz suggested having a presentation from someone would give EC information on solar panels. Mr. Gornstein also spoke of an application for change in use at Dairy Queen from golf to batting cages.

Beverly Budz requested EC members to sign a piece of art created by children on Earth Day that would be hung in municipal building.

There being no further business, David Gornstein made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Allison Petryk with all in favor. The EC meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Aida Cahill, Recording Secretary
Minutes approved: August 1, 2011