Bldg 530 West Hill Road Glen
The 785th Regular Meeting of the
Notice of this meeting was provided for in the “Annual Meeting Notice Schedule” adopted by this board on January 17, 2006, mailed to the Hunterdon Review, Hunterdon County Democrat, Express Times, Courier News, Star Ledger and posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building on March 15, 2006.
SWEAR IN: Chris Piasecki Class IV Regular Member 4 year Term
Darryl Schmidt Class IV Regular Member 4 Year Term
Since Mr. Piasecki hasn’t arrived, the board will have the swearing in later in the meeting.
PRESENTATION OF MINUTES:
Motion by Mr. Rich and seconded by Ms. Schriver to approve the minutes as presented. Unanimously approved.
Amended Site Plan with conditions Route 31 B2
Motion by Ms. Schriver and seconded by Ms. Bleck to approve the resolution for an amended site plan with conditions.
ROLL CALL Yes: Mr. Gerlich Ms. Bleck Abstain: Mr. Weeks Absent: Mr. Piasecki
Mr. Schmidt Ms. Schriver Mr. Rich
Mr. MacQueen Mr. Spatz
FYI: NJDEP- Highlands Update
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
a. Stormwater Ordinance – Planner Bolan
Planner Bolan reviewed the two pages that were amended in the Stormwater Ordinance. Ms. Glashoff informed the board the Ordinance will be introduced on April 5th but will not have a public hearing on April 19th because of the timing for the notices. The public hearing will be on May 3rd.
At the conclusion of the board’s discussion, motion by Mr. Rich and seconded by Ms. Bleck to approve the amendments and to have Planner Bolan put the ordinance in ordinance form to send to the Township Committee for Introduction on April 5th.
ROLL CALL Yes: Mr. Weeks Ms. Bleck No: None
Mr. Gerlich Mr. Spatz
Mr. Rich Ms. Schriver
The board thanked Planner Bolan for a job well done.
SWEAR IN: Chris Piasecki Class IV 4 Year Term
Darryl Schmidt Class IV 4 Year Term
Attorney Gallina did the honors and swore in Mr. Piasecki and Mr. Schmidt. The board congratulated our newest regular members.
b. Amend Tree Ordinance - Memo from Zoning Officer (copy of ordinance in packet)
Ms. Glashoff stated the reason she put the ordinance on the agenda was in speaking with Doug Diehl of the Environmental Commission he informed her that until the Mayor decides what will happen with the Commission the proposed amendments to the Tree Ordinance by the Commission is on hold and that once the Commission is up and running again it will be several months before they will be able to forward their recommendations on to the Planning Board. Ms. Glashoff also spoke with Planner Bolan and he suggested putting the memo from the Zoning Officer on the Agenda to not hold up the discussion any longer. This is why it was placed on the agenda for this evening. Mayor Schriver stated that she will be making an announcement along with appointments at the next Township Committee Meeting on April 5th regarding the Environmental Commission.
Chairman MacQueen informed the board that in speaking with the Zoning Officer regarding his own property and because of the way the ordinance is written, the Zoning Officer has had several complaints from residents regarding their neighbors cutting down/clear cutting trees on less than 5 acres which the ordinance allows. Chairman MacQueen asked the Zoning Officer to review the ordinance and send a memo to the Planning Board with suggestions for amendments. We need to come up with a happy medium for everybody regarding the tree cutting on less than 5 acres..
Planner Bolan asked Chairman MacQueen if the reason he needed a permit was because he was on more than 5 acres. The Chairman answered yes. Planner Bolan suggested possibly increasing the acreage to 7˝ acres. Chairman MacQueen stated less then 5 acres you can cut down all the trees you want without a permit. Planner Bolan stated if you are more than 5 acres but less than 5 trees you need a permit. In the ordinance if the trees are less than 10” in diameter that are being cut, you don’t need a permit per what Chairman MacQueen was told by the Zoning Officer. Mr. Schmidt asked about dead or diseased trees or any tree cut for firewood, post rails or building materials if it is correct that you don’t need a permit. Planner Bolan answered yes, no permit is required. Ms. Glashoff informed the board that you still fill out a permit with no fee required but this way we have it on record.
Mr. Rich noted that the original tree ordinance was drafted because we had professionals coming in and clear cutting big lots and this ordinance was designed to eliminate that abuse of our land while keeping the individual owner able to cut within reason what he wanted to do on his property. That was the philosophy at that time and he feels it is still the same today. During the discussion, Mr. Schmidt mentioned a problem he was having battling a non-native invasive tree called the Tree of Heaven. These trees grow 5-6’ per year. Mr. Schmidt would like to see something in our tree ordinance to deal with these trees. He can cut them down and use the wood for firewood otherwise he would have to get a permit every time he wants cut them down. The female trees throw out seeds and when you cut them down they re-spout from the roots and they are very hard to kill. They look like sumac and they are part of the sumac family. The roots put out a poison similar to a black walnut that kills the surrounding trees. At the conclusion of the board’s discussion, Planner Bolan will work on amendments based on tonight’s discussion.
c. ROSI (Recreation & Open Space Inventory) – Planner Bolan.
The copies of the ROSI that Ms. Glashoff sent to
everyone was also sent to the
Planner Bolan noted that he has not had a chance to go
out with Mr. Weeks and Mr. Gerlich to
look for Road Department sites. Ms.
Schriver asked Planner Bolan when he put together the Open Space and Recreation
Plan was the park properties included.
Planner Bolan answered yes.
Ms. Schriver asked Mr. Spatz how much property is behind the pavilion. Mr. Spatz answered about 5 acres. Ms. Schriver stated per Paul Jones that the park land is very restrictive, not large enough to do anything with. Ms. Schriver noted we have spent a lot of time and money on the Park and why would we want to take large dump trucks and semi’s in the back of the property where children and families are on the property. There are snow projects during the winter, you have children and adults sleigh riding in the Park and there is also the neighbors to consider.
March 21, 2006
stated that it isn’t very practical to have this type of activity in a portion
of the Park. Chairman MacQueen said that
we have a lot of planning to do and we need to see exactly what the Road
Department needs are. Mr. Weeks stated
that the reason why he voted many years ago to purchase the grange property was
because it was to have a multi purpose use.
Ms. Bleck stated that whatever the purpose was all those years ago, it
is now a Park. The Park is the center
and the heart of the Township. We need
to recognize that and value it. Whether
the plan many years ago was to use the property for multi-purpose or not, the
Park is here now and it is working. Mr.
Piasecki agreed with Ms. Blecks comments and agreed
that it is not just the Park but it includes the whole municipal complex. Mr. Piasecki stated it is the flavor of the
whole neighbor which includes the General Store and
PRESENTATION OF BILLS & REPORT:
a. John Gallina, Esq. $3,344.90
Motion by Mr. Spatz and seconded by Ms. Bleck to approve the bills as presented. Unanimously approved.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - No public comments
Being no further business to come before the board, nor comments from the public, motion by Ms. Bleck and seconded by Ms. Schriver to adjourn the meeting at Unanimously approved.
CHAIRMAN GARY MACQUEEN
GAIL W. GLASHOFF, PLANNING BOARD CLERK