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March 22, 2006

The meeting of the Environmental Commission was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by John Brotherton, Chairman. The Opening Statement was made. Roll call was taken.

Present: J. Brotherton
D. Daehnke
S. Golz
C. Phiefer
J. Spiech
D. Wenger
J. DeWan (secretary)

Absent: K. LaGreca

The Minutes of the meeting held on March 8, 2006 were accepted as written.

A letter was received from DEP concerning Highlands applicability at test wells on Bl. 17, Lot 21.03.
We received a tree preservation application for 71 Bayberry Drive. The house has been demolished. They are removing four trees.

A letter was received from Mr. Raymond T. Banta of 100 Bear Swamp Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430
Re: Endangered and Nongame Species Program
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
Concerning wildlife which could be endangered by development of Vista Bahn Phase II.
Letter in response - Dear Mr. Banta:
“Thank you for the information you sent us recently. The Environmental Commission cannot consider this information until is has been presented in a Public Hearing at the Planning Board.”

Memo to Administrative Officer:
“The following soil movement permit applications were reviewed by the Environmental Commission. Comments are as follows.

Hummer of Mahwah, LLC 319 Route 17 North, Bl. 63, Lot 9, Dkt. 482S-1, amended 3/21/06. We requested notification from the applicant of when they will complete the rip wrap at the east end of the driveway (part of DEP approval).

Donna Gera Marozin 8 Mountain Avenue, Bl. 47, Lot 14, E-BD-216-1921, dated 3/14/06 – approved with two replacement trees as specified (2 ½” oak).”

Cerisano, Dkt. 497 Minor subdivision

Cumberland Farms, Inc., Dkt. 492 Revised site plan.
Not approved.
Comments to Planning Board: Why are there monitoring wells on the new plans?
Will the plantings in the triangle (southwest corner) survive?

The Environmental Commission approved the following tenant applications:
Pine Hill Tree Service, 45 Whitney Road – tree service
Ridgewood Energy Corp., 479 Route 17 North – office operations
Aseima Corp., 275 Route 17 North, convenience store

Susan Golz reported on research she completed on sign companies. She selected Pannier Graphics as a sign company which has what we need. They can do a digitized sign on fiberglass which is mounted on a pedestal. Price for 18” x 22” sign is $205. each, plus $300.00 for the frame/pedestal. Shipping is extra: estimated to be $150.00 for three signs. We are hoping the DPW could install the signs.

J. DeWan will send Pannier the paperwork to become an official vendor of the town. Quotes will also be obtained from other companies, such as Envirosign and Precision Signs.

Susan discussed ideas for the aquifer sign. This will be an interpretive sign near the well house and bridge. J. DeWan will send Maja Britton Susan’s sample of the sign as well as specs on the computer programs needed by Pannier to do sign graphics.

Other possible ideas for signs: threatened species, native animals, nocturnal animals, poison ivy warning sign, no dogs, carry in/carry out.

The meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m. The next meeting of the Environmental Commission will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.

J. DeWan

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