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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH PLANNING BOARD
MINUTES
MAY 19, 2003



7:30 P.M. SUB-REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING

I. OPENING STATEMENT

The combined public/work session meeting of the Planning Board of the Township of Mahwah, held at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Dr. Ross, Chairman. The Opening Statement was read according to the Sunshine Law, followed by the flag salute and roll call.

These minutes are a synopsis of the meeting. A verbatim recording is on file with the Board Secretary at the Planning Board Office, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ. Copies of the recording may be purchased for a fee.

PRESENT: Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Lamster

ABSENT: Mr. DaPuzzo, Mayor Martel, Mr. Muscarelle, Mr. Donigian

PROFESSIONALS: Peter Scandariato, Esq., Malcolm Kasler, P.P., Peter TenKate, P.E.

II. APPROVAL OF BILLS

4/30/2003 Kasler Associates $200.00
4/30/2003 Kasler Associates $350.00
4/30.2003 Law Offices Carmine Alampi $800.00
(Peter Scandariato, Esq.)
4/30/2003 Law Offices Carmine Alampi $629.00
(Peter Scandariato, Esq.)

A motion to approve the bills was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Lamster. All in favor.


III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the minutes of the May 12, 2003 meeting was made by Mr. Crean and seconded by Mr. Jandris. All in favor.

IV. RESOLUTIONS:

None

V. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent.

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent. All in favor.

VI. WORK SESSION

1. T-03-005, TRAILER WITH WAIVER, 16 HARVIN PLACE

Martin Zalite introduced himself. He is the owner of the subject property. He is requesting a building permit to make renovations to his house and would like to place a house trailer in back of the property to temporarily live in with his wife and daughters. He showed photos of the proposed building site. The Board stated that they would like to know how the neighbors feel about the applicant’s proposal. In the past the Council has permitted the placement of a trailer on a proposed building lot due to hardship matters.

A motion to deny the application was made by Mr. Crean and seconded by Mr. Jandris. A roll call of members present revealed four yes votes by Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Crean and Mr. Lamster. Mr. Brotherton and Mr. Trent abstained.

VI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

A. BD-216-239-348, 34 GREAT HALL RD., RIO VISTA

The applicant, George Malandruccolo, 40 West Passaic Street, Maywood, New Jersey introduced himself.

Herbert Schlessinger, 29 Church Street, Ramsey, New Jersey stated that this is a soil movement application pertaining to Great Hall Road. The applicant purchased lots 9 and 10 in Block 23.03 and would like to develop both. Lot 10 will be the first one developed. The applicant proposes a cut of 1,202 c.y., fill of 316 c.y. and export of 1,785 c.y. He will move the material to the Darlington Associates stockpile and then move it to Phase 12. There is a waiver requirement for slopes 3:1. There will be 53 trees removed and 13 trees replaced.

The application will put in a guardrail or bring the rocks up. The application and Boswell Engineering will work something out with regard to a rail or curb.

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. All in favor.

A motion to grant conditional approval was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Crean. A roll call of members present revealed 6 yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean and Mr. Lamster.

B. DKT. #450, OMNIPOINT, 82 MC KEE DR.

This matter was adjourned to the meeting of 6/9/03

C. DKT. #454, LIBERTY HYUNDAI, RT. 17 NO., SITE PLAN

Antimo DelVecchio, Esq. the attorney for the applicant stated that this is a continued public hearing. The applicant is requesting preliminary site plan approval and a soil movement permit. The applicant had previously agreed to address the lighting concerns and the Fire Department concerns. The lighting plan now meets with the Township Engineer’s approval and the Fire Department has signed off on the revised plan. The applicant is awaiting the access permit from NJDOT.

After discussion with neighbors, the applicant has agreed to place 15 ft. high pole lights throughout the site. The building mounted lights are 18 ft. There are three building mounted lights on the back of the building. The applicant will lower the building mounted lights in the rear to 15 ft. They are currently 150 watts and, if necessary, the applicant agrees to go to 100 watts.

A variance for off street loading spaces is being requested.

No soil borings or perk tests have been performed at this time.

David Hals of Schwanewede / Hals Engineering discussed parking and loading. Kasler Associates indicated in its memo of May 12, 2003 that the Architectural plans have not been amended. The applicant will supply the Board with updated architectural plans.

The Board stated that no truck parking is permitted on Route 17 at any time.

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Lamster. All in favor.

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. All in favor.

A motion to grant conditional approval was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. A roll call of members present revealed six yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean and Mr. Lamster.

D. DKT. #455, WOODCLIFF LAKE DEV., CAMPGAW RD., MAJ. S/D

Notice was in order. Thomas Van Dam, Esq., the attorney for the applicant stated that this is an application for preliminary major subdivision. The property is located at the intersection of Fike Road and Campgaw Road. The applicant seeks approval for 15 building lots. There will be 14 new homes and the existing dwelling will remain.

Peter Montalbano is the contract purchaser of the subject property. He stated that each home will have a minimum of 4 bedrooms.

Herbert Schlessinger, 29 Church Street, Ramsey, New Jersey and Chris Gernat, 109A County Route 515, Stockholm, NJ were sworn in and qualified.

Mr. Gernat, hydrologist, submitted his curriculum vitae which was Marked Exhibit “A-1”

Mr. Schlessinger gave a brief overview of the site. There are wetlands in the northeast corner of the property. An L.O.I. has been issued by the NJDEP. A 50 ft. buffer is required. A watercourse which is a tributary of the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook traverses the property. There is an existing pond and dam at the downstream end of the pond. There is an existing dwelling on Lot 9 which will remain.

The map entitled “Preliminary Subdivision Plat, Lot 2, Block 145, Township of Mahwah, New Jersey, Woodcliff Lake Developers, original plan dated 11/20/02” was marked as Exhibit “A-2”.

There will be 15 lots, potable water supply and sanitary sewers. Nine homes will have a gravity feed system and 6 homes a pressure system. There is an existing home on Lot 9 which will remain.

Mr. Schlessinger showed the existing natural grade. The top of the existing dam is 436 ft., the existing pond water surface is 434 ft. The water surface is maintained by a 13 ft. wide spillway. The proposed plan is to lower the dam by two feet 436 ft. to 434 ft. The will create a new spillway section. The lowest notch will be 429 ft. with this the water level will drop 5 ft. A map showing the existing and proposed dam was marked Exhibit “A-3”.

Mr. Gernat, hydrologist stated that there is no classification by the Bureau of Dam Safety for this dam. This dam could be classified as a Class 1 or Class 2. The existing spillway would be inadequate to handle the passage of the 100 year storm. If the dam was to remain it would probably require repairs. The hazard classification study would require an emergency action plan. The applicant would rather decommission the dam than to have it classified.

Exhibit A-4: “Sunny Day Failure – 1/1/2 million gallons” was marked. The dam is lowered. The amount of water, should there be a breach, is only 24,750 c.f.

Exhibit A-5: “In Line Concrete Plan Details”.

Exhibit A-6: “Peak Water Surface Elevations”.

The applicant has submitted a plan for the decommissioning of the dam to the Bureau for review.

Exhibit A-7: “Total Failure at Peak Storm Flows”

At the current time a dam cannot be completely decommissioned.

The Association will be responsible for the dam. Maintenance, reports and studies are to be born by the Association. The Association will be responsible for the dam and the areas feeding into the pond.

Mr. Schlessinger discussed drainage into and out of the site.

Boswell Engineering questioned whether the Dam Safety Bureau would approve and Mr. Garnet said he had preliminary discussions with the Bureau and they indicated concurrence with the decommissioning of the dam. Once this is decommissioned there is no state agency to oversee the structure. The Homeowners Association will be responsible for maintenance. If the Homeowners Association fails to maintain, the Town can step in and assess the Association fees for same.

The applicant will make application to the Stream Encroachment Section of the DEP to excavate to four feet.

A motion to open the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. All in favor.

Robert Anglo questioned whether the break of the dam would effect water levels in the pond to the south at the Campgaw Mountain Lake.

Audrey Artuzio, 214 Miller Road, Mahwah, NJ. questioned the following matters:

Have there been any flood events since 1954. Mr. Garnet said he was not aware of any.

Has there been an EIS done. Answer “No.”

What impact will this have on wildlife in the area.

Mr. Brotherton stated that the Environmental Commission thought it was too much development.

Herbert Schlessinger, upon questioning from the property owner at 369 Campgaw Road, stated that the dam is 140 ft. long and 15 ft. wide at the top. It will be wider (approximately 20 ft.).

Pat Santangelo, 17 Meadow Lake Drive, Mahwah, NJ requested that the Board ask for an EIS.

Jim Gianella, 2 Fike Road, Mahwah, NJ and Gerald Salemi, 6 Meadow Lake Drive, Mahwah, NJ also expressed a concern regarding the wildlife.

Michael Beatrice requested that the Board go out and look at the site. He stated that there is nothing to guide the water along the path. He discussed drainage problems and the direction of flow and water level tables.

Audrey Artusio questioned where the designated wetlands were and whether they would be filled in.

The applicant is seeking a permit to fill in a certain area.

A motion to close the meeting to the public was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent. All in favor.

A motion to request an EIS was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Jandris. A roll call of members present revealed 6 yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Jandirs, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean and Mr. Lamster.

This matter was carried to the meeting of June 23, 2003.

The property owner at 23 Windsor Terrace, Mahwah, NJ questioned what issues will be brought at the continuation of this matter. He was advised that site plan and all pertinent aspects of soil movement will be discussed.

VII. WORK SESSION

A. PROP. ORD. #1448 AND #1452, COMMENTS TO TOWN COUNCIL

A motion to recommend adoption of Ordinance No. 1448 and to request clarification of Ordinance #1452 was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. A roll call of members present revealed 6 yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean and Mr. Lamster.

B. MEETING DATES – 7/1/3 to 6/30/04

No comments.

C. COMMITTEE REPORTS

1. T-03-006, TRAILER, WACHOVIA BANK, 177 FRANKLIN TPK.
2. BD-216-239-314, 34 TUDOR ROSE, ELEV. CHANGE
5. T/A 03-2018, GENERAL REPRODUCTION, 21 MC KEE DR.

A motion to grant conditional approval was made by Dr. Ross and seconded by Mr. Trent. A roll call of members present revealed 6 yes votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. Jandris, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean and Mr. Lamster.

3. T/A 03-2016, MY SISTERS COTTAGE, 75 RAMAPO VALLEY ROAD

No appearance.

4. T/A 03-2017, TINO’S INC., 8 EAST RAMAPO AVE.

No appearance.

D. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

VIII. ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Crean. All in favor

The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 P.M.

These minutes were prepared by Joan Mandle



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