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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH

FEBRUARY 8, 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
S. Golz
K. LaGreca
C. Phiefer
J. Spiech
D. Wenger
J. DeWan (secretary)

There is one vacant position on the Commission. The Mayor is expected to appoint a new member on February 9, 2006.

MINUTES
The Minutes of the meeting held on January 25, 2006 were approved as submitted.

LAKE HENRY TRAIL PROJECT
We received two samples of the orientation map from Maja Britton. These were reviewed by all present. Sample #1 was preferred over Sample #2. Several changes were suggested. Karin LaGreca will pass this information on to Maja. The changes had to do with deleting certain flowers, birds, cattails and adding grasses and trees. The overall design of the orientation map was well received. Another change had to do with the acknowledgement of funding which should be changed to: “The Lake Henry Trail has been developed, in part, by a grant from the NJ DEP Environmental Services Program and funding from the Township of Mahwah Environmental Commission.”

John Spiech will measure the length of the trail, which needs to be included on the sign.
Don Wenger will go to the proposed location and put a stake in the ground, so members can go by and see the location. The sign is to be located close to the parking lot, so that it is visible from the tot lot and parking area.

Members of Recreation and DPW will be at our meeting on February 22 to discuss the Lake Henry Trail.

CORRESPONDENCE
We received a letter from the Highlands Council on the Tirri property on Crest Road.

Robert Mooney, a member of Mahwah Boy Scout Troop 50, contacted us by email looking for an Eagle Scout project. J. DeWan emailed him back asking for his telephone number and what he is interested in doing. Commission members suggested possible projects: install signs, clean up of Lake Henry area.

We received various agendas and minutes from Planning, Zoning and Council.

John Brotherton reported he had a phone call from Mrs. Martino of 172 Deerhaven Road concerning replacement trees. Township Engineer has stipulated there should be twenty replacement trees. The Environmental Commission agrees.

TENANT APPLICATION
Approved a tenant application, change of ownership, for V & S Cleaners, 425B Forest Road.

SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“The following applications were reviewed by the Environmental Commission. Comments are listed below.
Mahwah Land LLC, Dkt. 420S 1 Aronow Place, Bl. 126, Lot 126.01, E-BD-216-1908-01, dated 2/2/06. We cannot approve this application until we understand the role of the detention basin. This is the first lot we have seen in this development, which, we believe, has not been approved due to the question of the historic home on the site.
Cullinane, 91 Bayberry Drive Bl. 85, Lot 120, E0BD021601903, dated 1/26/06 – approved. We note that twenty one trees will be removed. The applicant will plant six deciduous trees (native oak and maple) as replacement trees.
Mahwah Three Associates, 25 Mountain Ave. Bl. 471, Lot 34.01, E-BD-216-1135. We received a copy of soil application and related letters from Township Engineer and Township Attorney. No further comments at this time.
Stryker Orthopaedics, 375 Corporate Drive Dkt. 372A-6, Bl. 137, Lots 6, 13 and 15, amended 2/1/06. No further comments.”

OTHER SOIL
Exclusive Homes, 72 Bramshill Drive We received revised soil application and tree preservation application, along with Township Engineer’s letter dated 1/12/06. Forty-four trees will be removed.

Received plots plans for Greenway Development, Dkt. 467 Lot 93.01 – 14 Greene Street


The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m. The next Environmental Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.

J. DeWan
Secretary





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