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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

TOWNSHIP OF MAHWAH

October 26, 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
S. Golz
K. LaGreca (7:40 p.m.)
C. Phiefer (7:45 p.m.)
J. Spiech
D. Wenger
J. DeWan (secretary)

The regularly scheduled meeting was not held on October 12, 2005 due to adverse weather conditions.

CORRESPONDENCE
The Environmental Commission received a letter of resignation dated 10/11/05 from long-time member Paul Scian. He continues to have scheduling conflicts which prevent him from attending our meetings. A letter will be sent to Paul on behalf of the Commission, thanking him for his service to the Township and for his many contributions to our projects.

We received various copies of correspondence related to the replacement of the Ramapo Hunt and Polo Club bridge over the Ramapo River. It is in a conservation area, however, the project is exempt with limitations per NJ DEP.
Also reviewed Engineer’s letter on Halifax Bridge replacement.

We received minutes and agendas of Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Council.

Reviewed correspondence related to: DEP notification on the Hummer permit; Pilot Travel Center Public hearing before Board of Adjustment; and plans of PSE&G and Tennessee Gas Pipeline to do tree work in Mahwah.

Letter written to Administrative Officer and Construction Official:
“Re: Review of applications in the Highland Preservation Area
What is the procedure for advising applicants looking to build or develop land in the Highland Preservation area of their responsibility to get approval from the Highlands Council? We are receiving copies of letters from DEP with the heading: Highlands Applicability and Water Quality Management Plan Consistency Determination.”

GRANT – SIGNS FOR LAKE HENRY TRAIL
S. Golz and C. Phiefer identified trees along the trail. They decided to order twelve identification signs. At the next meeting on November 9, 2005, members of Recreation Committee will come to our meeting around 8:30 p.m. to hear about our plans.
Next thing is to get an estimate on the sign frame/shed roof from a local builder or carpenter. Susan is going to sketch what she envisions and specify the size so that estimates can be obtained from local sources. There is even a possibility that someone might donate services for this project.


SOIL MOVEMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Memo to Administrative Officer:
“The Environmental Commission reviewed the following applications. Comments are listed below.
Louis Franco, 13 Maple Road. Bl. 4, Lots 5, 6, 7, and 8, E-BD-216-1867, dated 10/6/05.
We assume the applicant has approval from the Highlands Council. We note that nineteen trees will be removed and there will be five replacement trees. Oak and maple are acceptable varieties, but not Norway maple. This application is approved.

Exclusive Homes, 72 Bramshill Drive Bl. 21.07, Lot 20, E-BD-216-239-398, dated 10/13/05. This is a revised plot plan from BD-216-239-380. We do not have the complete file on hand to review the current application and the previous one. However, we note that forty-two trees have been removed (previously approved per BD-216-239-380). There will be ten replacement trees which should be native deciduous varieties.
We have questions on the stream easement. What is the buffer requirement along the stream? Is it an active stream?

Frank Shuart, 3 Long Avenue Bl. 31, Lot 16, E-BD-216-1875, dated 10/14/05. We note that four trees will be removed there will be one maple as a replacement tree. Norway maple is not an acceptable variety. This application is approved.

Andrew Dany, 16 Mountain Road Bl. 2, Lots 11 and 12, E-BD-216-1852, amended 10/18/05 – approved.

Gerard & Sharon Vinci, 63 Lehmann Bl. 159, Lot 22, E-BD-216-1372, amended 10/20/05. There will be four maple replacement trees. (no Norway maples) – approved.

Mahwah/Greenway LLC, 14 Green Street Bl. 173, Lot 93.01, Dkt. 467. We approved two replacement trees, one oak and one maple (no Norway maple).”

Memo to Administrative Officer
Re: Soil Permit
Belisonzi/Cleymore, Dkt. 405S
“We have reviewed the soil movement permit application for Bl. 132, Lots 2 (Cleymore) and 3 (Belisonzi). The tree preservation application is not completed correctly. Please have the applicant resubmit this information.
Acceptable replacement trees are native deciduous trees. As noted on the application form, suggested replacement tree types are oak, maple, hickory and other hardwoods.

Dark American arborvitae (438) should not be listed as replacement trees. If 188 trees are to be removed, the number of replacement trees is 47.”

Township of Mahwah, Micik Lane, Bl. 102, Lots 21, 22 and 27, E-BD-216-1864, 10/5/05. Exempt application, sent for our information, site grading and construction of salt storage facility and associated improvements.

SITE PLAN REVIEW
Stryker Orthopaedics, Dkt. 372 A-6
We reviewed the site plan for an educational center and expansion of parking.
Comments to Planning Board: “The site plan is approved, however, we need the tree removal and replacement plan and a completed Tree Preservation Application. Will any existing trees be removed?”
We also reviewed soil movement permit application for Dkt. 372 A-6.

Woodcliff Lake Dev., Dkt. 455
We reviewed Boswell Engineering letter on Woodcliff Lake Dev., Dkt. 455 dated Oct. 14, 2005. It mentioned removal of trees due to grading issues but did not state the number.

Memo to Michael Kelly, Township Engineer
“Re: Woodcliff Lake Dev./Campgaw Construction, Dkt. 455
We would like to be kept informed about all tree related matters for this project. We need to know about any changes which have to be made “in the field”, or any adjustment in the approved numbers of trees to be removed, whether it be more or less.
As the project is completed, we also want to know the numbers and locations (lot numbers) of all replacement trees planted.”

Memo to Administrative Officer
“Re: Woodcliff Lake Dev., Dkt. 455
We need a copy of the final approved plan for this project. Please supply us with a copy of the plan for our files. Thank you.”

TREES
C. Phiefer expressed concern about the condition of the willow trees on Fardale Avenue. The following letter was written to DPW.
To: Stanley Spiech, DPW
“Re: Trees along Fardale Avenue
We continue to note the aging willow trees on Fardale Avenue, including the one that snapped off. A tree expert should review the situation there, especially due to the school traffic that passes by.”




BUDGET 2006
J. Brotherton will prepare the Environmental Commission’s 2006 Budget. John Spiech asked to put in for $500.00 for tree replanting on mountain land. We could purchase Atlantic White Cedar trees for planting areas affected by gypsy moths.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Members of Recreation Committee will be attending our next meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, N.J.


J. DeWan
Secretary






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