Minutes: November 28, 2006

Meeting was called to order by Brenda Susman at 8:00 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

The following statement of compliance was read by Brenda Susman.

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 Dennis Downey, Michael Furrey, David Gornstein, Gary Grey (arrived 9:15 p.m.) and Brenda Susman answered the call.

Open Meeting to the Public

Valerie Seufert, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the EC regarding the plans for Earthfest 2007 and requested the EC’s support. Although held at the PAL Building in previous years, Earthfest will be held at Mountain Creek North this year.

The next planning meeting will be December 13th at 8:30 a.m. at the Appalachian.

Ms. Seufert provided the EC with a preliminary Earthfest schedule, which includes:

  1. Friday—Miss Vernon Dinner
  2. Saturday—Opening Ceremony
  3. Sunday—Awards Ceremony

The EC and Ms. Seufert discussed other activities and ideas for the event.

Ms. Seufert advised that the Chamber of Commerce and the EC must work together on the financial aspects of the event. Ms. Seufert suggested the EC request Earthfest funds as part of the 2007 EC budget. In order for the EC to itemize their budget request, Ms. Seufert will obtain a copy of last year’s expenses as a basis for estimating the 2007 Earthfest expenses.

Michael Furrey suggested the exhibitors/vendors have the opportunity to make presentations.

Ms. Seufert advised that Mountain Creek will be promoting the event through their media contacts.

Austin Carew addressed the EC regarding the tree ordinance which was proposed to the town council the previous evening. Michael Furrey asked what issues the town council had with the proposed ordinance. Mr. Carew advised that the town council wants a valid reason why the ordinance should be enacted. The town council is concerned that the ordinance is focused on single family homes because the subdivisions are addressed by the ESA ordinance.

David Gornstein suggested the EC request the town council forward the EC their comments and concerns before the EC attempts to revise the proposed ordinance.

Approval of Meeting Minutes

David Gornstein made a motion to approve the November 14, 2006 minutes; Michael Furrey seconded the motion.

Applications Under Review

PB #9-06-11: Sally Rinker—Final Site Plan

The EC did not comment on the application because the preliminary planning board approval was already received.

PB #12-06-18: Andrew Borsiuk—Minor Subdivision

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

PB #12-06-17: Patrick Turzi—Preliminary Major Site Plan

The EC reviewed the application which requests a waiver from a storm water management plan. The EC agreed that due to intense lot coverage (estimated 62%) the application should not be granted a waiver from a storm water management plan. The EC also agreed they would be more in favor of granting the waiver if the plan included pervious surface. Other concerns included:

  1. The plan only includes one catch basin.
  2. The existing septic may not be an adequate size.
  3. The plan lacks trees.

Planning Board Liaison Report

David Gornstein reported there was no planning board meeting.

Old Business

Top of Vernon Corp.

Michael Furrey asked if the EC planned on scheduling a site visit. No members were available for a December site visit.

Draft Resolution re: Environs

The EC agreed the goal of the letter is to remind the town council of the town’s environmental commitment to the state in exchange for town center designation. The EC agreed to review a copy of the Town Center resolution.

The EC made revisions to the draft and agreed to copy the planning board and the zoning board on the letter.

New Business

Gypsy Moth Spray Program

To be carried to the next meeting.


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 10:54 p.m.