Planning Board 1-14-10 Minutes Print E-mail


7:30 PM Start

195 Changebridge Road, Montville Municipal Building



Mr. Maggio- present                Mr. Karkowsky - present        

Mr. Sandham - present           Ms. Nielson - present                       

Mr. Lipari - present                  Mr. Lewis - present

Mr. Hines - absent                 Mr. Speciale (alt#1) - present

Mr. Visco – present                  Mr. Tobias (alt#2) - present

Mr. Canning – present






Appointment of Temporary Chairman – Russ Lipari

Appointment of Chairman – Ladis Karkowsky

Appointment of Vice Chairman – Russ Lipari

Appointment of Secretary – Linda White

Adoption of Rules & Regulations/By-Laws – Adopted

Annual Report – adopted

Designation of Meeting Nights 7:30PM & Meeting Dates -  Adopted as per Resolution

Designation of Official Newspaper for Legal – Adopted

The Daily Record & The Citizen (for publication purposes) – Adopted

Following are 2010 appointments selected and unanimous at rate of $135

Appointment: Board Attorney/Execution of Professional Services Agreement – Michael Carroll, Esq.

Appointment of Board Planner & Execution of Professional Services Agreement – Joseph Burgis, AICP, PP

Appointment of Board Engineer & Execution of Professional Services Agreement – Stan Omland, PE – Omland Engineering

Appointment of Committees/Liaisons by Chairman

a) Board of Adjustment – Gary Lewis    

b) Board of Health – Larry Hines  

c) Environmental Commission – Vic Canning  

d) Water & Sewer – Arthur Maggio 

e) Historic Preservation Commission – John Visco 

f)  DRC – Deb Nielson   

g) Site Plan/Subdivision Committee – Russ Lipari Chair, Ladis Karkowsky, Deborah Nielson, & John Visco (alt)

j) Economic Development Committee – Tony Speciale

k) Open Space Committee – Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deb Nielson  & Jim Sandham

l) Master Plan/COAH 3rd Round – Ladis Karkowsky, Russ Lipari, Deborah Nielson, Gary Lewis & John Visco (alt)

m) Cross Acceptance Committee – Ladis Karkowsky,    Russ Lipari  

n) Highlands Legislation Review Committee – Gary Lewis

o)  Appointment to Fire Department Districts – Russ Lipari –Towaco; Tony Speciale for Pine Brook, Art Maggio for Montville


Introduced Mr. Deane Driscoll as Liaison from Board of Adjustment to Planning Board

Concerns raised on window painting voiced on Montville Bagel & Skateboard use at Gaudiosi building on Changebridge.  Mrs. White asked to address.  Concerns about abuse of the temporary sign policy enacted April 1st 2009 for a one year trial period raised.  Some businesses are abusing the policy and Mrs. White was asked to look at those areas and if necessary, issue a summons in order to achieve compliance.  Board members understood the economic climate we are in, but noted that random window signs, banners and temporary signage appears to becoming more than anticipated, and that we should be diligent on making sure those that are not complying with our sign policy or sign ordinance should be instructed and noticed accordingly.  Mrs. White will address with Mr. Petrillo and the business owners in question.

Concerns voiced over the Don Pepe banner across Rt. 46, and although they were requested to remove this, the banner continued to exist.  If necessary a summons should be issued.

Mr. Lipari were voiced on behalf of the Towaco Fire Department about a possible safety hazard for emergency vehicles if, when there are activities, cars park along the front parking area since it may be difficult to make a turn.  There should be ‘no parking signs’ posted in this area to make sure that the opening is always left clear in case there is a need to have the fire trucks access site.  Mr. Sandham will bring this issue to the Township Committee.

The secretary was asked to put this in writing to the Township Committee, copy Mr. Mazzaccaro and Mr. Bastone so that this can be addressed.  Also requested was installation of a Knox Box that allows fire services access.  Mrs. White will send accordingly.

Mr. Lewis commented on the Rt. 202 corridor from Montville Inn up to the industrial building where many new upgrades/buildings/landscaping and lighting features were installed.  He stressed we should look at the other side of this corridor to promote the same type of upgrades we have obtained to date.

Mrs. White was asked to contact Montville Florist also.  The back yard dumpster and recycling area is in maintenance code with debris all over.  Mrs. White will ask Mr. Petrillo to make sure the dumpster/recycling area is enclosed.

Mr. Speciale wanted to make sure that before we punish the business owners in town with their temporary signage, we should first look at those violators who are blatant.  Mr. Karkowsky elaborated on the amount of time spent by the Chamber and Subcommittee of Planning Board developing a temporary signage policy. 


1.  Set Subdivision Site Plan Committee Meeting – January 21, 2010 8:30AM – confirmed

2.   DRC reorganization meeting set for 1/26/10 8:30AM – welcomed liaison to attend

3.  Housing Committee Reorganization meeting set for 1/28/10 @ 4PM -


PMISC09-42 – Exotic Dance Workshop – 16 Rt. 46 – B: 162, L: 7 – 1,000 s.f. fitness dance studio – hours of operation 10am-9pn Tues-Sat – 2 employees – signage in compliance with approved theme (Parkins)

Present:  Johnna Cottam – tenant

Approved in a Motion made by:  Russ Lipari, seconded by Gary Lewis subject to use letter and all agency findings – roll call:  unanimous

INVOICES (any invoice over $1,000 removed from action this evening, will be copied and rescheduled on future agenda schedule)

Burgis Assoc. –Trust for: $510, $420, $360, $360, $540, $450, $150, $180, $360, $180, $437.50, $125, $93.75

Omland Engineering – O/E for: $472.50; Trust for: $270, $120, $742.50, $911.25,
$843.75, $101.25, $675, $405, $767.50, $472.50, $472.50, $67.50, $67.50, $607.50, $843.75, $337.50, $270, $67.50

Michael Carroll, Esq. – Trust for: $33.75, $33.75, $573.75, $33.75, $945, $187.50

Anderson & Denzler – Trust for: $540

Approved unanimously in a Motion made by:  by Russ Lipari, seconded by Jim Sandham



PMN/C08-19 Como, Donna - B: 41, L: 1.2, 1.3 & 1.4– 47 Jacksonville Rd., 49 Jacksonville Rd. & 2 Como Ct. – Eligible:  Victor Canning , Tony Speciale, Jim Sandham, Larry Hines, Ladis Karkowsky, Art Maggio, Russ Lipari, Gary Lewis, Deb Nielson – approved 12/10/09

Motion made by:  Gary Lewis, seconded by Tony Speciale

Roll call


PSPP/FC08-03 Pine Brook Investment – 10-16 Rt. 46 W – B: 162, L: 3, 4, 6, & 7 – applicant requests that the application be dismissed without prejudice

Dismissed in a Motion made by:  Gary Lewis, seconded by Tony Speciale

Roll call:  Unanimous

MINUTES – 12/10/09 Regular – Ladis Karkowsky, Victor Canning, Deb Nielson, John Visco, Gary Lewis,  Art Maggio , Russ Lipari, Jim Sandham, Larry Hines, Tony Speciale, Vic Canning

12/10/09 Subcommittee – Ladis Karkowsky, Deb Nielson, Russ Lipari, Gary Lewis

Adopted unanimously in a Motion made by: Russ Lipari, seconded by Deb Nielson











Meeting adjourned unanimously in a Motion made by:  Art Maggio seconded by Gary Lewis.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda M. White

With explanation

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