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Minutes: August 24, 2011

Mr. Theobald called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.

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 July 22, 2011 by delivering to the press such notice and posting same at the Municipal Building and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Salute to the Flag

Roll Call    Also Present
Mayor MarottaP Jennifer Kovach, Esq., Board Attorney
Diane WexlerP Jessica Caldwell, Board Planner
Councilmember RizzutoP Corey Stoner, Board Engineer
Martin TheobaldP Kim Decker, Planning & Zoning Administrative Assistant
Richard SpoerlP Cynthia Davis, Recording/Board Secretary
Joseph TadrickP  
Andrea CoculaP  
Joseph FerrerP  
Jessica PaladiniP  
Chris Hack (#1 Alt)P  
Ed Rolando (#2 Alt)NP  
Valerie Seufert (#3 Alt)NP  
Kristi Raperto (#4 Alt)NP  

Hearings

PB# 6-08-5: Sally Rinker, Block 190.06, Lot 7 - Preliminary & Final Site Plan w/Variances - Request for Extension of Time

Mr. Robert Jordan, licensed land surveyor and planner, came forward on behalf of the applicant to request an extension of time to begin construction due to the economic downturn. The application is for a commercial site plan located on Route 94, across from the Sunrise Mart gas station. The resolution was memorialized on August 13, 2008, and the applicant is requesting a 2-year extension.

Motion: Mr. Spoerl made a motion to approve of the 2- year extension for the site plan approval. Ms. Paladini seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: MAROTTA - Y, WEXLER - Y, RIZZUTO - Y, THEOBALD - Y, SPOERL - Y, TADRICK - Y, COCULA - Y, FERRER - Y, PALADINI - Y.

LU# 5-11-13: Nextel of New York, Inc., Block 82, Lot 2.01 - Site Plan and Use Variance

Note: Mayor Marotta and Council Member Rizzuto recused themselves from this hearing.

Note: This hearing was transcribed by a court reporter for the applicant. Please refer to transcription for detailed testimony.

Ms. Kovach explained that the members will be voting on 2 issues with this application, as follows:

1. D-variance for increase in size and intensity of the use.

Motion: Mr. Tadrick made a motion to approve of the D-variance. Ms. Cocula seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: WEXLER - Y, THEOBALD - Y, SPOERL - Y, TADRICK - Y, COCULA - Y, FERRER - Y, PALADINI - Y, HACK - Y.

2. Preliminary and final site plan approval with C-variance for deviation for the increase in size.

Motion: Mr. Spoerl made a motion to approve of the above. Mr. Tadrick seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: WEXLER - Y, THEOBALD - Y, SPOERL - Y, TADRICK - Y, COCULA - Y, FERRER - Y, PALADINI - Y, HACK - Y.

Open meeting to the public for items other than those listed on the agenda

No one came forward.

Closed meeting to the public

Resolutions

LU# 5-11-11: KDC Solar, LLC, Block 183, Lot 12, - Block 190, Lots 11, 10.01, 10, 9, 10.02, 16, - Block 184, Lot 13, - Block 231, Lots 12, 12.04, - Block 233, Lot 7.01, - Block 188.01, Lot 20, - Block 141, Lot 12.02 - Bulk Variance and Site Plan for Solar Panels

Eligible to vote: Marotta, Wexler, Spoerl, Tadrick, Cocula, Hack, Raperto

Ms. Kovach advised the board that she has asked that the approval of this resolution be carried for another 2 weeks as she is still conferring with applicant’s counsel on changes.

Motion: Mr. Tadrick made a motion to carry the approval of this resolution for 2 weeks. Ms. Cocula seconded the motion and all were in favor.

LU# 5-11-12: David & Darlene Kleesculte, Block 132.09, Lot 10 - Bulk Variance for a Screened Patio

Eligible to vote: Marotta, Wexler, Rizzuto, Theobald, Tadrick, Cocula, Ferrer, Paladini, Rolando

Mr. Theobald advised the board attorney that only Mr. Kleesculte testified on this application.

Motion: Ms. Cocula made a motion to approve of the resolution with the change. Mr. Tadrick seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: WEXLER - Y, THEOBALD - Y, TADRICK - Y, COCULA - Y, FERRER - Y, PALADINI - Y.

Land Use Board Discussion Items

LUB member responsibilities:

Ms. Kovach handed out a compilation of definitions and information to the members and asked the members to review for further discussion at the next meeting.

Minutes

August 10, 2011: Regular Meeting Minutes (Marotta, Wexler, Theobald, Spoerl, Tadrick, Cocula, Hack, Rolando, Raperto)

Motion: Mr. Tadrick made a motion to approve of the 8/10/11 minutes. Ms. Cocula seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: WEXLER - Y, THEOBALD - Y, SPOERL - Y, TADRICK - Y, COCULA - Y, HACK - Y.

Escrows, Board Fees and Bond Reductions

  1. Board Fees
    1. Board Attorney: Jennifer Kovach, Daggett, Kraemer, Kovach & Gjeslvik
      1. Land Use Board Business - ($0)
    2. Board Planner: Jessica Caldwell, Harold E. Pellow & Associates
      1. Land Use Board Business - ($0)
    3. Board Engineer: Cory Stoner, Harold E. Pellow & Associates
      1. Land Use Board Business - ($0)
    4. Board Recording Secretary: Cynthia Davis - ($146.25) read into the minutes.
  2. Request for Escrows to be Closed
    1. None

Motion: Mr. Spoerl made a motion and Mr. Tadrick seconded the motion to accept the above Board Fees and escrows. All were in favor.

Discussion

Ms. Wexler asked, with all the solar applications coming, if there will be some plan to keep Vernon from becoming “ugly.” Ms. Caldwell suggested re-visiting the ordinance to make sure all of the bases have been covered. The members agreed to discuss this issue at the LUB meeting on September 29, 2011, along with the LUB member responsibilities.

Adjournment

Motion: Mr. Spoerl made a motion and Mr. Tadrick seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m. All were in favor.

These minutes were transcribed by Cynthia Davis on August 31, 2011.