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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH

AUGUST 25, 2004



The meeting of the Environmental Commission was called to order at 7:30 p.m.
The Opening Statement was made. Roll call was taken.

Present: J. Brotherton
C. Phiefer
P. Scian (arrived 8 p.m.)
J. Spiech
D. Wenger
J. DeWan (secretary)

Absent: S. Golz
K. LaGreca

MINUTES
The minutes of the meeting held on August 11, 2004 were approved as submitted.

N.J. STORMWATER REGULATIONS PROGRAM
Sydney Levine was present to discuss planning for Stormwater Regulation Education. Members discussed plans for a table at Mahwah Day, September 18, 2004. Commission members and other volunteers will hand out brochures on stormwater regulations.

Sydney Levine downloaded several brochures which everyone reviewed. It was decided that some were too technical and some were too juvenile. The following selections were made.

• Solutions to Stormwater Pollution
Newsletter insert 200-500 copies, depending on pricing
(Fall newsletter won’t reach residents until October)
Regulation states: have brochure available at event (local public education program).
• Backyard leaf composting 100 copies
• Nonpoint source pollution 100 copies
Syndey will revise DEP information
• Top Ten Things We Can Do to Keep Mahwah’s Water Clean 200-500 copies
Sydney will rework this sheet from coloring book


• Minimizing Waste Disposal: Grass Clippings 25 copies
• Yard Trimmings Management Strategies 25 copies

John Spiech will ask the Watershed Management if they have any type of display board that we can borrow for Mahwah Day. Jane DeWan will contact ANJEC with the same request.

Don Wenger will go to Petco to ask about products to clean up pet waste. Possibly Petco will have information reminding residents that incorrect disposal of pet waste is pollution. Perhaps Petco will loan us samples of the products they sell to display on Mahwah Day.

Jane DeWan will ask Hydroqual, Inc. if they have any handouts or promotional gifts they could bring on Mahwah Day. (see information on Hydroqual *)

A canopy or large umbrella would be helpful on Mahwah Day if it is hot and sunny. John Spiech said he would supply a canopy. DPW will bring two six foot folding tables and four folding chairs.

Jane DeWan made arrangements with the Recreation Committee to reserve a spot for the Township/Environmental Commission to set up the tables.

*Hydroqual, Inc. Participation in World Monitoring Day Hydroqual is located at 1200 Macarthur Blvd., Mahwah.
We were contacted by Marge Carty on August 24th. Last year Hydroqual employees cleaned the perimeter of Lake Henry. An attachment to these minutes gives the details.

Hydroqual would like to do this again this year on Saturday, October 9th. The Township has suggested that Lake Henry would be a good location to clean up again this year. Water samples collected were sent to a national data base.
Marge Carty confirmed this is nationally certified data.

This year Hydroqual is interested in getting some residents involved in the clean up activity. It was suggested that they come to Mahwah Day to tell people about the cleanup and solicit volunteers who would like to help. A representative of Hydroqual will attend the Environmental Commission meeting on September 8th.

SITE PLAN REVIEW
Russo Development, Dkt. 462
We received a letter from Skot Koenig, Lapatka Associates on behalf of Russo Development requesting changes in the tree selection and the planting schedule. The following letter was written in reply.
“Re: Russo Development, Block 139, Lot 4
Dear Mr. Koenig:
We discussed the evergreen substitution described in your letter of August 11. The Commission agrees to the changes. We will forward a copy of this letter to Mara Winokur, Administrative Officer, for the Planning Board files.
During the discussion and, keeping in mind the applicant’s desire to have the evergreens planted soon to grow quickly, we talked about the problem of watering the extensive plantings. Even though it wasn’t a requirement in the approval, we suggest that a drip watering system of some sort be installed to help these trees get started.
cc: Administrative Officer
Note: We understand the latest revision of the landscape plan is dated May 20, 2004.”

Cobblestone Court, Dkt 470 The plan was discussed. The depth requirement was questioned.
Comments to Planning Board: “Not approved. The one foot “lot” should be divided up and made part of the four lots on the north side of the new street.”

East Lake Associates (Fox Meadows), Dkt. 355F Access to this four home subdivision is through Ramsey.
Comments to Planning Board: “Approved. Are all DEP approvals still in effect? The transition area should be marked with concrete markers.”

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, Dkt. 377A
This is an amended application, adding twenty-four parking spaces. Approved.

Marion Eddy, Dkt. 477
This is a minor subdivision.
Comments to Planning Board: “Approved. Is there a drainage easement? The Engineer should comment on drainage through the new lot. Who will maintain?”

Whitney Road LLC, Dkt. 475
Review of this application is deferred until after the next presentation at the Planning Board.


TENANT APPLICATION
The following tenant applications were approved:
• Universal Pool Maintenance and Service, 45 Whitney Road
• Firm, Inc., 1 Lethbridge Plaza – insurance agency
• Bagel Express, 75 Franklin Turnpike


SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“The following permit applications were reviewed at the meeting on August 25th. Comments are listed below.

Vista Distribution Center, Inc., Dkt. 476S, Bl. 135.01, Lot 61.04, 340 Macarthur Boulevard (UPS), dated 8/3/04. We note thirty-six trees will be removed and there will be twenty-five replacement trees. The applicant has described one replacement tree as “downey serviceberry”. Is this a tree or shrubbery?
Imported soil coming from outside of the Township should be tested.

Guy Fava, Washington Lane, Bl. 17, Lot 21.02, E-BD-216-1584, dated 8/20/04 – approved. Imported soil coming from outside of the Township should be tested.”


OTHER ITEMS
Received information from NJ League of Municipalities concerning Smart Growth/Fast Track.

Nothing new had been received from White Environmental concerning the proposed wetlands mitigation which was requested by Ramapo College.

J. Spiech showed large size State maps of Mahwah which are the printed versions of GIS maps. The maps need to be reviewed for accuracy and comments made to the State by September 15th. J. Spiech would like Susan Golz to review them. He has asked the State for maps showing single layers of information. He has also asked for an extension for making comments.

J. Spiech submitted a draft of a letter to Rivers & Trails which is part of the National Park Service. He is writing to them to ask assistance in planning and implementing the Ramapo River Walk. They are interested in doing a project in New Jersey.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:51 p.m. The next meeting of the Environmental Commission will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.



J. DeWan, Secretary






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