Environmental Commission Minutes 5-19-10 Print E-mail


Montville Township Environmental Commission

May 19, 2010

Meeting began promptly at 7:35pm.

Roll Call. Absent with excuse, Tim Braden.

Present: Michele Caron, James Muhaw, Angelo Intile, Larry Kornreich, Vic Canning, Garry Annibal. Monica Mirnecki

Minutes of April Meeting

Minutes were tabled to the June 15th meeting.

New Business

 Sub-Committees Reports

Board of Adjustment – Michele Caron

Lou Caggiano is looking to build a house on Hog Road.  The property has a brook and a dam.  Neighbors are concerned about runoff and flooding from the dam. Carried to June 2nd meeting.

Board of Education – Hugh Merritt

Mr. Merritt has been attending the meetings.  He states that special education programs and Every Drop Counts are eliminated.  Michelle Caron states that there are grants available for environmental issues. 

Mr. Merritt reported that the Rain Garden project is completed.  39 people attended and was successful.


Economic Development – James Muhaw

Mr. Muhaw reported that they discussed the Master plan updates.  It encompasses Route 202 from Waughaw Road to Boonton, to include bike paths, walkways and service roads. Mr. Canning stated that Quick Check is being opposed by the neighbors because of traffic, but the service road would alleviate a lot of the traffic.  He also stated that a gas station is not an allowed use on the property.  Mr. Muhaw stated that Route 46 is zoned for gas stations.

Health Department – Garry Annibal

Mr. Annibal reports that the Health Dept has looked at 13 facilities: hockey, biking and fitness, monopol at Cooks Lane, HVAC system at Marotta.  The only denial was given to a cable dispatching center.  The township applied for CDBG and were denied.  Mr. Merritt states that the Food pantry is open and available to all Township residents.

Open Space Committee – Angelo Intile

No news to report

Planning Board – Victor Canning

No news to report

Township Committee – Tim Braden, absent.

No news to report.

Rails Steakhouse – At Planning Board for Site Plan Approval.  Michelle Caron will review the plans and pass it on to the members.

Tiera Properties – Treatment works applications on Woodland Road.  Garry Annibal will find out more about this project.

Algonquin gas transmission line – maintenance – Hugh Merritt states they will clean the surface and weed wack.

16 & 18 Old Lane – Highlands application.

Croation Culture club – Highlands application.

Plausha Park – Hugh Merrit  reports that 61 families are affected in the area of Barney Road.  The cost will be $900,000.  The township will cover $300,000 and the residents will cover $600,000.  There will be a meeting tonight.  Mr. Merritt will report back next month. 

Old Business

Recycling Day – Huge success…..  16 bicycles were donated to Pedals for Progress.  Urban Renewal collected 500 computers and 70 laptops. Monica Mianecki questioned if next year a television recycling company could participate.

Jim Muhaw discussed selling composters and rain barrels. Other towns are selling them.

Arbor Day – Matt Meyers received donations from the Home Depot and other donors.

Out Reach Programs  – No discussions.

Sustainable Jersey Program – 12 people attended.  Tony Garrett did a presentation. NJ Clean Energy rebate program began May 1.  $25 - $250 per energy star appliance purchased.  Township is looking to go down to one garbage pick up per week.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:46pm

Respectfully Submitted.

Liz Johansen


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