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MAY 10, 2006

The meeting of the Environmental Commission was called to order at 7:30 pm. by John Brotherton, Chairman. The Opening Statement was made. Roll call was taken.

Present: J. Brotherton
D. Daehnke
S. Golz (arrived 7:40)
K. LaGreca
C. Phiefer
J. Spiech (arrived 7:40)
D. Wenger
J. DeWan (secretary)

The Minutes of the April 26, 2006 meeting were approved as submitted.

We received a notice on Mahwah Day meeting to be held on Monday, May 15th at the Mahwah Library. J. Brotherton will try to attend. Mahwah Day is Saturday, September 16, 2006.

We received numerous copies of letters of notification related to DEP permits, LOI’s Highlands Act exemptions, NW Bergen Utilities projects, etc.

The following applications were approved:

• Thermwell Products, 31 McKee Drive - warehouse distribution.
• Prestige Motor Works, 161/159 Franklin Turnpike – auto sales.

Marozin, Mountain Avenue, Dkt. 501
Revised site plan. No comment. Not sure of what was changed.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark
Catholic Cemeteries, Dkt. 501
Proposed addition to existing cemetery.
The application and soil permit application were not approved.
Comments to Planning Board:
“We have reviewed the plans; however, we need more information. We would like confirmation that the applicant has applied for the appropriate DEP permits and that a Letter of Interpretation has been done. Also, we would expect a tree replacement form to accompany the soil movement application. Where will the replacement trees be going? This should be part of the plan.”

C. Phiefer will review three sheets of landscaping plans for the next meeting.

Peart, 107 Masonicus Road
Memo to Administrative Officer:

“We reviewed the soil application submitted by Marvin and Rosa Peart for 107 Masonicus Road, Bl. 124, Lot 23, E-BD-216-1949 on April 20, 2006. We approve this application.”

John Spiech and Don Wenger will install signs #1 and #2 in the wooden structure on 5/11. We received the latest revisions of signs #3 and # 4.

For sign #3, Susan Golz suggested adding the location of Lake Henry to the Highlands map.
For sign #4, the changes decided upon were with the spacing of the wording on the right side by the well house.

Susan Golz will contact Maja Britton about these changes. Everyone was pleased with the signs as produced.

A fifth sign was proposed, as the budget allows, to be produced by Susan with photographs and wording. It was decided to do a sign on the types of birds which can be spotted at Lake Henry Trail. It would feature 5 or 6 varieties as space allows, and according to what photos are available. Susan asked John Brotherton if he had any contacts with bird photographers. He wasn’t sure. Both will check into getting photos.

J. DeWan stated that Recreation will provide other directional signs to point the way to Lake Henry Trail when entering the park.

Ramapo Watershed Conference
John Spiech attended the conference. He was able to speak to the County Executive about the possibility of building a footbridge over the Ramapo River to Route 202 which would serve residents of Ramapo Brea who now walk along the highway. John Spiech will write a draft of a proposal to be sent to Bergen County.

Safety issues on Bartholf Lane
Carol Phiefer brought up her concern about a safety issue on Bartholf Lane. Residents are using large rocks to line the edge of their properties which makes driving down the narrow street dangerous.

Letter to John Lane, Property Maintenance
“We are concerned about safety issues on Bartholf Lane. It appears that homeowners have placed large rocks along the side of the road/edge of their properties. It is sometimes necessary to pull over, to let a school bus or other vehicle pass by. These rocks severely restrict car traffic.

Harvin Place Median
We were contacted by Stanley Spiech about replacement trees for the Harvin Place median. The original trees died and were removed by the town. John Brotherton suggested funds for the replacement trees come from the Township “tree bank”. Tree varieties were also discussed.

Dave Daehnke will store and water the seeding trees until we have the opportunity to distribute them to the residents.

Pesticide Flags – dates
Carol Phiefer stated that the small flags used to indicate that a lawn has been fertilized should also include the date the work was done.

The meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m. The next meeting of the Environmental Commission will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.

John Spiech stated he will not be available on May 24.

J. DeWan

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