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TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH PLANNING BOARD
MINUTES

JULY 25, 2005


1. 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, N. J. was called to order at 7:00 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 audio tape recording is on file with the Board Secretary at the Planning Board Office, 475 Corporate Dr., Mahwah, N.J. Copies of the tapes may be purchased for a fee.

PRESENT: Mr. Brotherton, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Ms. Richter, Mr. Rudolph, Mr. Donigian (7:30 p.m.)

ABSENT: Mr. Jandris, Mr. Lamster

PROFESSIONALS: Peter Scandariato, Esq., Mike Kelly, P.E., Bridgett Bogert, P.P.

II. APPROVAL OF BILLS

7/1/05 Burgis Associates, Inc. $559.50

A motion to approve the bills was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent. All voted in favor. Ms. Richter abstained.

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the minutes of July 11, 2005 was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Trent. All voted in favor.

IV. MEMORIALIZING RESOLUTIONS

A. APPOINTMENT OF PROFESSIONALS RESOLUTION

A motion to approve the Resolution was made by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. Trent. A roll call of members present revealed 8 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Ms. Richter, Mr. Rudolph.

B. ATTORNEY RESOLUTION

A motion to approve the Resolution was made by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. Trent. A roll call of members present revealed 8 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Ms. Richter, Mr. Rudolph.
FROM JULY 11, 2005 MEETING

1. Dkt. #417F – MORALETTA, 70 PETERSON PL. – FINAL SUBDIVISION
2. TA-05-2022 – SWIFTREACH NETWORKS INC., 31 INDUSTRIAL AVE.
3. TA-052024 – WALLWORK BROTHERS INC., 300 D RTE. 17 SOUTH
4. E-BD-216-239-392 – GREWEL, 53 WALSH DR.
5. D.P.W. SALT STORAGE FACILITY – BL. 102, LOT 27

A motion to approve the above Resolutions was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. A roll call of eligible members revealed 8 aye votes for Items 2 thru 5 by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mr. Jandris, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Rudolph, Ms. Richter. There were 7 aye votes for Item #1 by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mr. Jandris, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Rudolph.

FROM MAY 9, 2005 MEETING

1. DKT. #483 – ESTATE OF HOWARD MACPHERSON, 23 OLNEY RD.
AMENDED RESOLUTION

A motion to approve was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Rudolph. A roll call of eligible members revealed 5 aye votes by Mr. DaPuzzo, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Rudolph.

V. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A motion to open the meeting to the Public was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mayor Martel. All voted in favor.

A motion to close was made by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. Trent. All voted in favor.

VI. PUBLIC HEARINGS

A. DKT. #488 AND #488-S – SMS DEVELOPERS, AIRMONT RD.

Public Hearing carried to August 8, 2005.

B. DKT. #454-A – LIBERTY HYUNDAI, 305 RTE. 17

Andy Del Vecchio, Attorney for the applicant was present.

The applicant is seeking amended site plan and variance approval centered around the need to change some of the signage on the property. Mr. Del Vecchio stated that the Hyundai Dealership has changed its signage package.

Michael Carrol, P.E. was sworn in.

In answer to Mayor Martel’s question, Mr. Carrol stated the overall square footage of signage has decreased but some of the particular signs have increased in size. Mr. Carrol referred to the amended site plan. He stated that Hyundai has now added a Logo to the signage on all dealerships. The sign and logo will be white on a blue field. There will now be an increase in the distance from the highest letter to the lowest letter when it is taken into consideration that the Logo is now being stacked over the top of the word Hyundai.

Dr. Ross asked how much of an increase will there be. Mr. Carrol stated that from the top of the Logo to the bottom of the letter Hyundai is 77 inches.

Mayor Martel questioned the size of the background that holds the Logo and sign. Mr. Carrol stated the background is an architectural element of the building. The blue field is a façade change and did not change any setbacks or heights of the building or anything of that nature.

Mr. Scandariato read the sign ordinance and indicated that the entire blue field is considered a sign. Ms. Bogert confirmed this.

Mr. Carrol stated the blue field measures about 260 square feet.

In answer to Ms. Richter’s question, Mr. Carrol stated that the entire Hyundai Logo is inclusive of this blue square.

Mr. Del Vecchio addressed the other sign changes. The original two sign approval is now going to be three signs since they will be separating “Liberty from Hyundai”. All signs will be internally illuminated. The blue field will not be illuminated.

A motion to open to the Public was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mayor Martel. All voted in favor.

A motion to close by Mayor Martel and seconded by Mr. Trent. All voted in favor.

Mr. Del Vecchio read the sign ordinance and stated that he feels the blue field is not considered the sign area. There was a discussion regarding this issue. Mr. DaPuzzo stated that the original application was approved to have Liberty Hyundai in the area where the blue field is now being placed.

Richard DeSilva, 525 Campgaw Rd. was sworn in. He explained the reasons for the change in signage. He stated that the overall proposed signage is less than the original approval. He also stated that the blue field is a part of the wall and is simply a bump out.

The Board asked that the applicant put in some type of delineation around the lettering to segregate the lettering from the rest of the panel. Mr. Kelly asked that they provide him with some type of sketch or specs on the sign.

A motion was made by Mayor Martel for approval with the addition of the delineation around the lettering in a rectangular box and Mike Kelly’s approval and seconded by Mr. DaPuzzo. A roll call of members present revealed 9 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. DaPuzzo, Mayor Martel, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Ms. Richter, Mr. Rudolph and Mr. Donigian.

C. INTERIM STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN – AMENDMENT TO
THE MASTER PLAN

Mike Kelly, Boswell Engineering appeared before the Board. The DEP requires all towns within the State to adopt a Storm water management plan. Mr. Kelly stated that he has provided the Board with copies of the Interim Storm Water Management Plan.

Mr. Kelly stated the reason this is interim is because there are a few items that require additional ordinances to be passed by Mayor and Council. Once these ordinances are passed they will go to the County for approval. At that point they will be included in the Storm Water Management Plan. This needs to be adopted into the Town’s Master Plan as an amendment to the Master Plan. When the other ordinances are approved, Mr. Kelly indicated that they will have to amend the Storm Water Management Plan and a Public Hearing will be necessary for approval.

Mr. Kelly stated they gave notice to all surrounding towns and the Bergen County Planning Board.

A motion to open the meeting to the Public was made by Mr. Rudoph and seconded by Mr. Trent. All voted in favor.

A motion to close was made by Mr. Rudolph and seconded by Ms. Richter.

A motion to adopt the Interim Storm Water Management Plan was made by Mr. DaPuzzo and seconded by Mr. Trent. A roll call of eligible members revealed 9 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. DaPuzzo

VII. WORK SESSION

A. CLOSED SESSION

A motion to enter into closed session was made by Mr. DaPuzzo and seconded by Mr. Rudolph. All voted in favor.

A motion to recommend to the Council that Noel Lamster be removed from the Planning Board due to lack of attendance was made by Mr. Brotherton and seconded by Mr. Crean.
A roll call of members present revealed 7 aye votes by Mr. Brotherton, Mr. DaPuzzo, Dr. Ross, Mr. Trent, Mr. Crean, Mr. Rudolph, Mr. Donigian and 2 abstentions by Mayor Martel and Ms. Richter.

VIII. ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Trent and seconded by Mr. Brotherton. All voted in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.




These minutes were prepared by Rosalie DeMartino.



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