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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH

August 13, 2003


The meeting of the Environmental Commission was called to order at 7:45 p.m. The Opening Statement was made. Roll call was taken.

Present: J. Brotherton Absent: S. Golz
D. D’Angelo K. La Greca
C. Phiefer M. Sadowski
P. Scian
J. DeWan (secretary)


DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED WEIGH STATION
Approximately a dozen Mahwah residents from the Stag Hill area and Riverview Terrace attended the meeting to speak about weigh station concerns. All felt the quality of life in the immediate area would be severely impacted by a proposed weigh station on I-287 which would have an exit road connecting to Route 17 South via Stag Hill Road. Specific concerns about the quality of life issue were: lighting, noise, air pollution, personal safety and proximity to the Township’s well fields. Area residents also described their first-hand knowledge of the presence of wood turtles.

These residents explained that they have been vocal with the DOT, meeting on site with DOT representatives. They have been in contact with elected officials including State Assemblymen Russo and O’Toole and Congressman Garrett.

The major part of the discussion focused on the possibility of suggesting an alternate site in Mahwah to the DOT. One such site might be on state-owned land across from Sharp along the section of the highway which is both I-287 and Route 17 South. Even though the site is largely rock, the rock could be blasted to make room for a weigh station which would not have any immediate neighbors.

All present felt it would be beneficial to know about the budgetary breakdown of the proposed project to build a weigh station, such as cost for the roadway, bridge over the river, pilings in the river, buying condemned houses, and the facility itself. Also the residents asked if it is possible to have an environmentalist do a study on behalf of Mahwah.

The proposed plans for bike paths and recreation fields which are also a part of the overall project were discussed.

At this time, the following letter was written to the Mayor and Council. J. DeWan will get copies of the tax maps for the areas in question, so that the Environmental Commission can study some alternative sites for a weigh station.

To: Mayor and Council
Township Clerk
Re: Proposed Weigh Station
“We are interested in being part of the Township’s review process of the proposed weigh station. Please keep us informed.”
cc: Business Administrator

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO TREE PRESERVATION
CHAPTER 28, SOIL MOVEMENT
Environmental Commission members reviewed correspondence from C. Wiley, Administrative Officer dated 7/31/03 and 8/12/03 concerning tree preservation information.
The following letter was written to the Mayor and Council:
To: Mayor and Council
Re: Request to Amend Tree Preservation
Chapter 28, Soil Movement
“The Environmental Commission discussed Carole Wiley’s letter of August 12, 2003 concerning revisions to the soil ordinance. We agree that the lot size should be reduced to include all lots.
We are concerned that the requirement to show trees, extended 20 feet into the adjoining lots, creates an unnecessary burden on the applicant.”
cc: Zoning Officer
Township Clerk


SITE PLAN REVIEW
River Palm Terrace, BOA Dkt. 2001-03SP
Approved.

Woodcliff Lake Dev., Dkt. 455
Discussion of EIS for proposed subdivision on Campgaw Road. Concerns include disturbance to wooded area and proposed changes to the pond and dam, number of homes proposed and variances requested. Awaiting possible comments from S. Golz or K. LaGreca. Copy of EIS to D. D’Angelo for review.

Mahwah Bar & Grill
Received information dated 7/24/03 on changes to landscape plan – approved.

TENANT APPLICATIONS
The following tenant applications were approved:
M. Hussein, 140 Franklin Turnpike, Getty Station, change of tenant only.
Y. Jung, 216 Franklin Turnpike, nail salon, change of ownership only.

SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“The following applications were reviewed by the Environmental Commission on August 13, 2003.
Garlasco, Michael and Lois, 780 Ramapo Valley Road, Bl. 19, Lots 13 & 14, E-BD-216-1496, dated 7/21/03 – approved.
Weinraub, Mark, 1145 Ramapo Valley Road, Bl. 23, Lot 42, E-BD-216-1495, dated 7/18/03. We request that imported soil be tested. Please have applicant submit a completed tree preservation application.
10 Acres, LLC 114 Fardale Ave., 118 Fardale Ave., 122 Fardale Ave.
Please have the applicant submit a completed tree preservation application for each lot. We will withhold review of the applications until this information is received.”


The meeting was adjourned at 10 p.m. The next meeting of the Environmental Commission will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.


J. DeWan
Secretary




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