Montville Environmental Commission
- June 19, 2008
Present: Donna Ambriano,
Sergio Angione, Michele Caron, David Cotter, Larry Kornreich, Marie Kull, Hugh
Merritt, Tim Braden
first part of the meeting was conducted in conjunction with the Open Space committee,
during which Bettina Zimny gave a presentation on what other towns have done –
and what Montville might wish to do – to establish walking and bike paths. The Commission agreed that this idea was
worth pursuing, and that a first step would be a survey of residents on their
ideas. Chair Michele Caron will work
with Open Space chair Maritza Byrne on a possible joint letter to the Township
and initial steps.
Statement of Compliance
Discussion of Creation of
Discussion ensued on the
creation of appointments of members to certain boards and commissions within
the community. The following members
were selected by Mrs. Caron to serve a liaison to:
Braden – DRC
Hugh Merritt – Board of
Angelo Intile – Open Space
Adoption of Minutes
minutes of the May 21, 2008 were unanimously approved.
to adopt by Dave Cotter, seconded by Marie Kull
Stream and Monitoring
Kornreich stated that he is awaiting materials from former Chair Charles Perry
on this project.
Water and Aquifer Project
Hugh Merritt reported that Tom Mazzacaro is willing
to meet with the commission to update them on this. It was agreed to ask Mr. Mazzacaro to attend the
Michele Caron reported that the posting for this job
had not resulted in any responses but that the Commission will continue to try
to fill this position.
Ms. Caron reported that the Commission had been
asked to endorse the recommendations of the board of health regarding possible
development of the Hilltop Nursing Home.
All agreed that there was not enough information available to
comment. Ms. Caron agreed to obtain more
information on this for future consideration.
Ms. Caron reported that the EIS that had been
conducted for the GI Auto Salvage property was outdated, but that the Township
will be hiring a consultant to help make recommendations on this property. She said that the Commission will be involved
in this, including a walk-though of the property.
ANJEC and Website
Ms. Caron and Mr. Cotter reported on the webinar hosted
by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. They encouraged all members to read the
Environmental Commission handbook (the Commission will purchase additional
copies for distribution). Upon their recommendation, the Commission agreed to
work with administration and land in updating the current Environmental
Commission web page to reflect upcoming programs, making information available
and perhaps considering adding links to other agencies (i.e. ANJEC). Also discussed was the use of the Montville
Messenger for making information available on a variety of “green” issues, including
conservation and renewable energy issues.
David Cotter reported on the June 10 seminar on New Jersey’s Clean
Energy programs. He recommended that Montville participate in the
program under which municipalities can have 75 percent of the cost of an energy
audit paid under this program. He will
look into this and report back.
The Commission voted in opposition to the Permit
Extension Act that is being considered by the New Jersey legislative. Mrs.
Caron moved the Motion made by: Mrs. Caron, Seconded by: Hugh Merritt
Roll Call Vote: Donna Ambriano, Sergio Angione, Michele
Caron, David Cotter, Larry Kornreich, Marie Kull, Hugh Merritt, Tim Braden
Sergio Angione abstained
Letter to be sent by Ms. Caron.
Ms. Caron reported that:
-Commission will work later on a mission statement
- Township employee Adam Brewer is working to become
a certified on recycling issues and is coordinating recycling efforts in town
- the paper recycling project may be able to be done
in conjunction with electronics recycling day
Mr. Angione reported that he and David Cotter have
picked up where this project left off, having had electric bills sent to New
Jersey Solar Power. They will work with
NJ Solar Power in ascertaining possible energy cost savings for Montville.
Mr. Cotter stated that he and Hugh Merritt may be
able to attend some meetings of the Board of Health to increase communication
between that body and the Commission.