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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH

JANUARY 25, 2006

The meeting of the Environmental Commission was called to order at 7:40 pm. by John Brotherton, Chairman. 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
Also present: David Daehnke, future mayoral appointee to Commission

MINUTES
The Minutes of the January 11, 2006 meeting were accepted as written.

TENANT APPLICATIONS
The following Tenant Applications were reviewed and approved.
• Arthur May, 3 Miller Road – frozen dessert
• Gracie of Mahwah, 107 Miller Road – dry cleaning drop off
• Sonneborn Inc., 900 Corporate Drive – offices
• Relis Capital Management, 18 Industrial Ave., mortgage office
• Bruchem, Inc., 10 Leighton Place, vitamin cosmetic distribution

SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Empire Development, LLC
50 Great Hall Road Bl. 21.07, Lot 16.01
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“We note that the amount of trees being removed has been increased to 64. The number of replacement trees is 16. Varieties to be used: maple, oak, Zelkova.
We are concerned about the steep slopes and walls.”

Scheffler, 174 Halifax Road, Bl. 1, Lot 127
Memo to Administrative Officer
“We note that there will be 17 replacement trees. Varieties to be used: maple, oak.”

CORRESPONDENCE
Reviewed a letter from Malcolm Pirnie Inc. concerning new test well at Ramapo Valley Road and Washington Lane.

Received various minutes and agendas from Township boards.

ANJEC has Smart Growth Planning Grants available. The application deadline is 3/31/06. John Spiech volunteered to review the application and related paperwork.

GRANT LAKE HENRY TRAIL SIGNS
Susan Golz drafted a progress report to NJ DEP. Some additional information on the purchase orders issued so far was added. Also it was decided to request a modification to the original grant budget. Due to the expected cost of sign production, we requested permission to change the budgeted amount for “consultants” from $2,000. to $1,000. and to add the funds to “other costs – for creating placards”.

A copy of the final letter to NJ DEP on the grant progress report is attached to these minutes.

SITE PLAN REVIEW
Pilot Travel Centers, 230 Route 17
Dkt. 1164-05 SP
Memo to Board of Adjustment”
“We have been reconsidering the Pilot Travel application. We would like to add to our comments made after our December 14th review of the plans. It has come to our attention that there have been spills on this site in the past where there was fuel runoff into the Masonicus Brook. We believe there should be a DEP case number on the environmental conditions there. We suggest the Board investigate the matter.
Also we did not ask for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in December, however, we now feel that requesting an EIS is appropriate.”
cc: Township Engineer
bcc: Peter V. Mcarthur, Esq.
Please note our comments to Board of Adjustment following review of your letter of 1/11/06.

OTHER ITEMS
John Spiech reported he attended a meeting hosted by the Upper Saddle River Shade Tree Commission. He presented various brochures on: gypsy moths, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Asian Long Horned Beetle,



The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m. The next meeting of the Environmental Commission will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N. J.


J. DeWan
Secretary




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