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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH

JUNE 9, 2004


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

Present: J. Brotherton
K. La Greca
C. Phiefer
P. Scian
J. DeWan (secretary)

Absent: D. D’Angelo
S. Golz
D. Wenger


MINUTES
The Minutes of the meeting held on May 26, 2004 were accepted as submitted.

ANJEC GRANT
John Brotherton explained that ANJEC had a problem with an Environmental Commission member (S. Golz) being paid for the GIS work, even though her charge is much lower than hiring an outside firm. It was decided to withdraw the grant application.

WETLANDS MITIGATION/RAMAPO COLLEGE
We received further correspondence from White Environmental Services on this subject.
They are suggesting wetlands mitigation in the form of plantings along the Ramapo River (former Danza property) John Brotherton will telephone White Environmental Services to request more information on the exact proposal of their plans.

SITE PLAN REVIEW
Center for Food Action, Dkt. 474
Approved.

SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“The following soil movement permit applications have been reviewed by the Environmental Commission. Comments are listed below.
Greenway Construction, 188 Island Road, Bl. 63, Lot 26, E-BD-216-1634, dated 5/18/04. This application did not include a completed Tree Preservation Form which must be submitted with each soil application. The notes on the plan concerning trees were not clear.
Greenway Construction, 190 Island Road, Bl. 63, Lot 27, E-BD-216-1635, dated 5/18/04.
This application did not include a completed Tree Preservation Form which must be submitted with each soil application. The notes on the plan concerning trees were not clear.
Pheasant Lake Estates, 9 Heller Court, Bl. 21.05, Lot 30, dated 6/1/04. The information on the plan does not match the tree information given on the Tree Preservation Form.
(Copy attached) Applicant should confirm tree information.
Any imported soil should be tested.
R. Marchesi, 7 Split Rock Road, Bl. 12, Lot 2, E-BD-216-1636, dated 6/3/04.
This application is approved. We note thirty-seven trees will be removed and that there will be nine replacement trees. Varieties to be used are red oak, blue spruce and maple.
No Norway maples are to be used as replacement trees.
Any imported soil should be tested.”

TENANT APPLICATIONS
Communications Technology, 55 Whitney Road, software development – approved.

OTHER ITEMS
Bergen Shade Tree Meeting will be held at Westwood Municipal Building on June 23rd.

Sierra Club meeting on pesticides in the environment on June 17th.

Previously Environmental Commission members discussed the work being done at the end of Ridge Road and Darlington Avenue by Rockland Electric. A substation is being built. On 6/3/04, we received an email from Julio Carrillo, a Society Hill I resident, complaining about the substation is a residential area. We had no notification from Rockland Electric or the township prior to the actual construction.

We received an email from Darren Ward, an Oakland Environmental Commissioner.
He was inquiring about Mahwah’s plans for a walking/bike path along the Ramapo River which could join to Oakland's path. He also contacted John Spiech for information. We would have recommended him to contact John Spiech, who is most knowledgeable about these plans.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. The next meeting of the Environmental Commission will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.



J. DeWan
Secretary



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