Minutes: March 14, 2006

Meeting was called to order by Craig Williams at 7:42 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 (arrived at 8:15 p.m.), Dennis Downey, Michael Furrey, David Gornstein (arrived at 7:55 p.m.), Brenda Susman and Craig Williams answered the call.

Approval of Meeting Minutes

Brenda Susman made a motion to approve the February 28, 2006 minutes as amended; Michael Furrey seconded the motion.

Applications Under Review

ZB #9-05-11: Festival Fun Parks, LLC—Landscaping Plan and Drainage Calculations

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

PB #4-06-4: Ralph Bonfiglio—Lot Line Adjustment

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

Planning Board Liaison Report

David Gornstein reported that he reminded the PB that the EC is waiting for a response on the NRI review.

Open Meeting to the Public

Aaron Stark, the new Watershed Embassador for the Walkill River Watershed introduced himself to the EC. Mr. Stark advised that while on a stream walk for a visual assessment of the Black Creek he came upon an old dump site located behind the large parking lot at Mountain Creek South and the adjacent lot owned by Glenwood Management. Mr. Stark provided the EC pictures of the dump site.

David Gornstein advised that he would contact the general manager at Mountain Creek and Michael Furrey advised that he would contact Glenwood Management regarding the issue. Mr. Stark suggested that a possible source of labor for the clean-up may be the Sussex County Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program.

The EC agreed that the first step is to contact the property owners.

David Gornstein requested Mr. Stark draft a report listing a description of the items found at the dump site. The report could then be forwarded to the property owners.

New Business

Town Center Planning

Craig Williams advised that Austin Carew requested the EC develop environmental criteria/guidelines to suggest to the PB for consideration in the Town Center development.

David Gornstein advised the EC that the PB recently revised the application checklists. He suggested the criteria should be incorporated into the checklist.

David Gornstein advised the EC that the PB voted upon the storm water control ordinance at the last PB meeting (He abstained from the vote because he was unfamiliar with the ordinance.) David Gornstein provided a copy of the ordinance to Craig Williams and offered to electronically forward a copy to any interested EC member.

Old Business

Shade Tree Ordinance

Brenda Susman reported a meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 3:30 p.m. at the Town Manager’s office with Fred Suljic, Don Teolis, Lou Kneip, Austin Carew, and herself. All interested EC members are invited to attend.

Upper Plateau

Craig Williams reported the letter to Lou Kneip was forwarded regarding the proposed third detention pond and the possible encroachment of the delineated wetlands. Lou Kneip has not responded to date.

Michael Pappa Application

The EC discussed how to address the environmental hazards located on the property. The EC discussed the pros and cons of contacting the DEP. Craig Williams suggested it may be beneficial to contact the applicant directly to give him an opportunity to clean-up the hazards and contact the DEP only if the applicant is not responsive. David Gornstein agreed that the applicant should be contacted and advised of the EC’s findings and concerns. Michael Furrey stated that he disagreed and suggested that it would be beneficial to contact the DEP first. After a discussion, the EC agreed to find out whether the real estate closing has occurred to determine current ownership of the property.

A&P Plaza Waste Disposal

The EC discussed the benefits of using bear proof dumpsters.

2 Basswood Drive

Craig Williams explained that the lot in question located at the bottom of Drew Road was created over a period of several years by dumping excess materials onto a narrow piece of land on the edge of the pond thereby creating a building lot. The septic design was approved by the DEP rather than the township health department. Currently, the lot is under review because the well has been drilled within the wetlands transition area. The EC reviewed a letter drafted by Craig Williams to the DEP regarding the well issue.


There being no further items of business for the regular meeting, a motion was made by Dennis Downey to adjourn the meeting; Michael Furrey seconded the motion. The regular meeting of the Vernon Township Environmental Commission was adjourned at 8:53 p.m.