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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH

SEPTEMBER 8, 2004


The meeting of the Environmental Commission was called to order at 7:40 p.m. by John Brotherton, Chairman. The Opening Statement was made. Roll call was taken.

Present: J. Brotherton
S. Golz
K. La Greca
J. Spiech
D. Wenger
J. DeWan (secretary)

Brian Campion
Marge Carty

Absent: C. Phiefer
P. Scian


MINUTES
The Minutes of the meeting held on August 25, 2004 were approved as submitted.

MAHWAH DAY - September 18, 2004 (Rain Date Sept. 19th)
Hours: Noon until 5 p.m.
Volunteers: Karin LaGreca, Susan Golz, John Spiech, John Brotherton
Brian Campion, Sydney Levine

Carol, Don and Jane are not available. Not sure about Paul Scian.

The purpose of having a table at Mahwah Day is to fulfill the Township’s obligation to educate the public about new state stormwater regulations.

• We will have brochures to give to residents.
• Susan Golz is providing a model of a town which demonstrates how water travels and how pollution gets into the water through storm drains.
• Susan is also looking into some coloring sheets which she may be able to bring for a coloring contest. Susan will contact Karin if she is able to do this and Karin will purchase crayons and prizes.
• Don Wenger arranged to get some products from Central Pet Supply (at 301 Island Road) to display at our table. The products are different items available for folks to clean up after their pets. Since the products do not have to be returned, Don proposed having a drawing. Susan Golz said she had tickets, which could be filled out with a name and phone number, which she will bring. She also volunteered to make some sort of sign for the drawing stating that the products were provided courtesy of Central Pet Supply of Mahwah.
A thank you note will be sent to Central Pet Supply.

If any one purchases any supplies for use at Mahwah Day, please save all receipts and you will be reimbursed.

Hydroqual Clean up at Lake Henry, October 9th
Marge Carty discussed Hydroqual’s plans for a clean up at Lake Henry on October 9th which is World Water Monitoring Day. Hydroqual is a water monitoring company. They are interested in getting Mahwah residents involved in the clean up. Last year only their employees worked on the clean up.
Water samples will be taken by Hydroqual and entered into a national data base.

A sign up sheet for participating in the clean up on October 9th will be at our table on Mahwah Day. Hydroqual will provide brochures and magnets.
Marge is arranging for the graphics department to make a large sign (poster size) saying Mahwah Environmental Commission. Hydroqual’s name will also be on the sign along with photos of water/water testing/people working at last year’s clean up.

MAHWAH DAY - OTHER ITEMS
John Spiech will bring a canopy to put over the area for shade (or protection from possible showers).
Karin LaGreca will get the products from Don Wenger and bring them to Mahwah Day.
Jane DeWan will arrange for DPW to bring two six foot folding tables for our area.
Monica Ullrich said recreation will have chairs we can use.
John Brotherton will bring the printed brochures.
Susan Golz will bring the model/ tickets/signs for dog products.


SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“The Environmental Commission reviewed the following applications. Comments are listed below.
Macarthur Blvd., LLC (Russo), Dkt. 462S Macarthur Blvd. at North Central Ave., Bl. 139, Lot 4, amended 8/30/04 – approved.

Margaret Cottone, 7 Matthew Place, Bl. 162, Lot 223.01, E-BD-216-1687, dated 8/31/04.
We note that thirty-five trees will be removed and there will be nine replacement trees (pin oak and October glory).
Imported soil coming from outside of town should be tested. Application is approved.

Empire Development, LLC/Mahwah Development, LLC, 56 Great Hall Road, Bl. 21.07 Lot 16.2, E-BD-216-239-379, dated 8/27/04.
Incomplete application. We need completed tree preservation form, showing tree count and description of replacement trees. Please have applicant submit the completed form.”


SITE PLAN REVIEW
Russo Development, Dkt. 462A
Approved, with comment: “We will be contacted about trees as noted on the plans.”

Whitney Road, LLC, DKT. 475
Review of this application is deferred again. We still don’t have revised drainage plans.


TENANT APPLICATIONS
The following applications were reviewed and approved.
Mahwah Automotive Center, 164 Franklin Turnpike
Global Business Associates & Exchange, 40 Franklin Turnpike


OTHER ITEMS
Wetlands Mitigation – Ramapo College
We have not had any communication from White Environmental about the College’s proposal for wetlands mitigation along the Ramapo River.

Cross Acceptance Maps
John Spiech reported there has been a one month extension for review of the maps.
He showed them again for those who were absent during the first review. There is a meeting on October 4th. Susan Golz questioned the definition of “critical environmental habitat”.

Bergen County Transportation Summit will be held on Tuesday, October 12 at 8 a.m. at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton. Program 9 – 4 p.m.

ANJEC conference will be held on October 15th in West Windsor.

Recommended tree list It was suggested that we update the list of tree varieties we recommend, and also include one we do not recommend.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m. The next meeting of the Environmental Commission will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N. J.



J. DeWan, Secretary



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