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Minutes: October 23, 2013

Mr. Theobald called the meeting to order at 7:02 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 January 14, 2013 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 Ursula H. Leo, Esq., Sub. Board Attorney
Diane WexlerP Cory Stoner, Board Engineer
Councilmember RizzutoP Kim Decker, Board Secretary
Martin TheobaldP  
Richard SpoerlNP  
Joseph TadrickP  
Andrea CoculaP  
Joseph FerrerNP  
Jessica PaladiniP  
Chris Hack (#1 Alt)NP  
Ed Rolando (#2 Alt)P  
Valerie Seufert (#3 Alt)NP  
Kristi Raperto (#4 Alt)P  

Chair Theobald noted that all absentees informed the office that they would not be in attendance tonight.

Public Hearings

LU# 8-13-7: Mark & Suzanne Buruchian - Block 153.13, Lot 52, - Bulk Variance for a Front Yard Deck

James Opfer, Esq., and Mr. and Mrs. Buruchian came forward and were sworn in by the board attorney.

Mr. Opfer described the location of the applicant’s home as being on the main lake in Highland Lakes not far from the clubhouse area. Mr. Buruchian, the applicant, described the location as being directly across from Beach #2, having a view of the lake, with 5-6 homes on the immediate stretch. He confirmed that more houses have decks in this stretch than do not and if the variance was granted it would be compatible with the existing scheme in this stretch of roadway.

The proposed deck would be built “up in the air.” The required setback is 40 feet. The existing setback for this property is 15.6 feet. With the deck, the setback would be 8.7 feet. Originally, the house had 52 steps down from the roadway to the front door. The deck will reduce the number of steps.

Mr. Stoner discussed his report dated September 24, 2013. Mr. Stoner asked the homeowners what they would do to buffer the look of the deck and what it will look like. Mr. and Mrs. Buruchian said that they will be putting a garden below the deck and the style will be similar to any other modern style of deck. She said the entrance will have a “softer” look. Mrs. Baruchian said there will not be any stairs up to this deck. The access stairs are inside the house. Mr. Stoner asked where the septic tank is located.

Ms. Cocula asked what the size of the proposed deck. Mr. Stoner said the deck is wider than the house. The applicants said it is 8 feet deep by approximately 36 feet long. Mr. Tadrick asked and the applicants confirmed that there they have no intention of enclosing the proposed deck.

Meeting was Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Meeting Closed to the Public

Motion: Mr. Tadrick made a motion to approve of the variance for the above application. Mayor Marotta seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: MAROTTA - Y, WEXLER - Y, RIZZUTO - Y, THEOBALD - Y, TADRICK - Y, COCULA - Y, PALADINI - Y, ROLANDO - Y, RAPERTO - Y.

Motion: A motion was made by Mr. Tadrick to approve waiving the reading and approval of the resolution so that the applicants can begin the construction work. Ms. Wexler seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Public Participation

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

Close meeting to the public

Resolutions

LU# 8-13-5: William Ludwig - Block 268.01, Lot 65-73, - Bulk Variance for the Height of an Accessory Structure

Eligible to vote: Wexler, Theobald, Ferrer, Paladini, Hack, Rolando

Motion: Mr. Theobald made a motion to approve of the resolution, referenced above. Ms. Paladini seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: WEXLER - Y, THEOBALD - Y, PALADINI - Y, ROLANDO - Y. Passed.

LU# 8-13-6: Joseph Rogers, Sr. - Block 200.12, Lot 18, - Bulk and Use Variance for Three Sheds on Property

Eligible to vote: Wexler, Theobald, Cocula, Ferrer, Paladini, Hack, Rolando

Motion: Ms. Cocula made a motion to approve of the resolution, referenced above. Mr. Rolando seconded the motion. ROLL CALL: WEXLER - Y, THEOBALD - Y, COCULA - Y, PALADINI - Y, ROLANDO - Y. Passed.

Minutes

September 11, 2013: Regular Meeting Minutes (Wexler, Theobald, Cocula, Ferrer, Paladini, Hack, Rolando)

Motion: A motion was made by Ms. Wexler and seconded by Ms. Paladini to approve of the above minutes. ROLL CALL: WEXLER - Y, THEOBALD - Y, COCULA - Y, PALADINI - Y, ROLANDO - Y.

Escrows, Board Fees and Bond Reductions

  1. Board Fees
    1. Board Attorney: Michael Garofalo, Laddey, Clark & Ryan
      1. Land Use Board Business: Services through 9/13/13 ($750.00)
      2. New Cingular Wireless: LU# 7-13-4 - Services through 8/15/13 ($375.00)
      3. William Ludwig: LU# 8-13-5 - Services through 9/12/13 ($345.00)
      4. James Rogers, Sr.: LU# 8-13-6 - Services through 9/12/13 ($345.00)
      5. Mark Buruchian: LU# 8-13-7 - Services through 8/27/13 ($45.00)
    2. Board Planner: Jessica Caldwell, J. Caldwell & Associates
      1. Land Use Board Business: Services through 8/14/13 ($113.00)
      2. New Cingular Wireless: LU# 7-13-4 - Services through 8/9/13 ($1,130.00)
    3. Board Engineer: Cory Stoner, Harold E. Pellow & Associates
      1. Land Use Board Business: Services through 8/28/13 ($300.00)
      2. KDC Solar: LU# LU# 8-11-15 - Services through 8/5/13 ($540.00)
      3. William Ludwig: LU# 8-13-5 - Services through 8/26/13 ($107.50)
      4. Mt. Creek Master Plan: PB# 2-91-4 - Services through 8/9/13 ($420.00)
      5. PRJ Properties LLC: PB# 8-07-11 - Services through 8/5/13 ($150.00)
      6. Joseph Rogers: LU# 8-13-6 - Services through 9/5/13 ($150.00)
      7. Rosemark Realty: PB# 11-08-7 - Services through 8/19/13 ($559.00)
    4. Board Recording Secretary: Cynthia Davis - ($30.00)

Motion: A motion was made by Mayor Marotta and seconded by Council Member Rizzuto to approve the above board fees. All were in favor.

  1. Request for Escrows to be Closed
    1. Northwoods at Vernon LLC, Block 190, Lot 10.02 - ($6,411.76)
    2. LU# 4-12-8: Angelo Grammatica - Block 145, Lot 5.01 - Minor Site Plan ($280.00)

Motion: Ms. Cocula made a motion to approve the above request for escrow to be closed. Mr. Tadrick seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Mr. Stoner advised that he approves of the release of the above escrows.

Mr. Stoner advised that Mountain Creek submitted a 2013 Master Plan update that he will discuss at the next meeting.

Mr. Stoner advised that applicant Patrick Tursy had a condition in his resolution that he is to pay impact fees (which were set up to cover costs of the town center roadways). Since Vernon has not been collecting impact fees in the last couple of years, he recommended that this condition be waived. Mayor Marotta suggested gathering all the facts on this issue to discuss at a later date and in order to make a recommendation to the town council. Mr. Stoner will do this for the next meeting.

Adjournment

Motion: Ms. Cocula made a motion and Mr. Theobald seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 p.m. All were in favor.

These minutes were transcribed by Cynthia Davis on October 28, 2013.