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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH

February 23, 2005

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

Present: J. Brotherton
K. LaGreca
C. Phiefer
J. Spiech
D. Wenger
J. DeWan (secretary)

Absent: S. Golz
P. Scian

MINUTES
The Minutes of the meeting held on February 9, 2005 were approved as submitted.

WETLANDS MITIGATION PLAN/RAMAPO COLLEGE
WHITE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
George White was present at the meeting to discuss revisions to the wetlands mitigation plan. He is looking for questions, comments, and, hopefully, letters supporting the proposed project to the Township Council.
The proposed plan requires an Administrative Consent Order, for Township-owned property located on the east bank of the Ramapo River to be used to fulfill the wetlands mitigation obligations of Ramapo College.
Commission members reviewed the maps of the college and the river and discussed the options. Commission members agreed with the proposed plan. If the property along the river is not approved, other possible sites are: along the river behind the Marriott or the JD property adjacent to the Crossroads.
It was decided that John Spiech will prepare a draft of the letter to be sent to the DEP with copies to Mayor and Council and George White.

HIGHLANDS PRESERVATION
This letter was sent following John Spiech’s recommendation.
New Jersey Highlands Council
100 North Road (Rt. 513)
Chester, NJ 07930
Re: Parcels Requiring Priority Purchase
Highlands Preservation Area/Township of Mahwah
To Whom It May Concern:
“The Township of Mahwah, together with Bergen County and the State of New Jersey, has been diligently and successfully working to protect undeveloped lands west of the Ramapo River. Much of the land, which is in the Highlands Preservation Area, has been protected. This philosophy is consistent with the aims of the New Jersey Highlands Council.

Two parcels that are in this area and need protection should receive your immediate attention. Both parcels are surrounded by existing protected open space owned by public entities. The protection of these properties would allow for an uninterrupted frontier of protected land at the eastern border of the Highlands.

The two parcels are identified on the Township of Mahwah tax maps as: Block 1, Lot 13, which is 22.6 acres, and Block 1, Lot 15, which is 31 acres. The zoning for both parcels is R40, which allows one house per acre. No sewer lines service this section of town, nor is it likely to ever have town sewers due to the terrain. It is conceivable that 44 housing units could be constructed on the combined parcels. This would put an unacceptable environmental strain on a location up slope of Mahwah wells, the Ramapo River and the valley aquifer.

The New Jersey Highlands Council is charged with the protection of the watershed within the Preservation Area, therefore, making these two parcels of land a priority for land acquisition is thoroughly consistent with your agenda.

The Mahwah Environmental Commission has discussed this information at our meeting of February 23, 2005 and we strongly endorse positive action by the Highlands Council.”

cc: Mayor Richard J. Martel, Mahwah Township Council, Business Administrator

TENANT APPLICATIONS
Approved by Environmental Commission:
Dunkin Donuts, 130 Route 17 South – retail store
Commend, Inc. 65 Ramapo Valley Road – sales
Advance Dental Care, LLC, 330 Ridge Road - dentist

SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“Comments after review of the following applications:

Tirri, George and Joyce, Crest Road, Bl. 11, Lots 9 – 14, E-BD-216-1741A and 1741B, amended 2/11/05. We still have questions on the trees. We request a map of the property in question showing trees to be removed and trees to be replaced.

Vista Bahn, Bl. 23, Lot 55.02 – We request a map showing the 32 trees to be removed and the proposed locations of the 8 replacement trees.”


CORRESPONDENCE
Received 2005 dues invoice from New Jersey Shade Tree Federation in the amount of $85.00 for five members. Continuing the membership was approved.

Received various agenda and minutes.

Received ANJEC Winter 2005 Winter Report: It contains a write up on storm water management materials. A copy will be sent to Brian Campion.

Received a copy of Malcolm Pirnie’s letter to DEP on Rowayton – sewer extension. We have no comments at this time.

County household hazardous waste collection May 21st at Law and Public Safety Academy in Mahwah.

OTHER ITEMS
Earth Day is April 22nd. Not sure about plans for any Township organized clean up this year.

John Spiech will be away during the month of March. He will be hiking the Appalachian Trail. He will be absent March 9 and March 23.
John Brotherton will be absent from the Environmental Commission meeting on March 9th.
The secretary will attempt to poll the members to determine if there will be a quorum on March 9th.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m. The next Environmental Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.


J. DeWan
Secretary





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