Vice President Birmingham President Yocum
Cohen, Township Attorney
Magnotti, Township Clerk
Mrs. Magnotti said, “Let the record
show that Mayor Felter will not be attending this evening, however,
Administrator Leach is present.
Vice President Birmingham asked that everyone rise for the Pledge of
Vice President Birmingham said,
“This Council Workshop meeting for September 14, 2005, commencing at 7:30 p.m.
has been properly noticed in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act by
notice to the official newspapers of the Township on September 8, 2005.”
Board of Adjustment Escrow Fees
stated that the recommendation from the Board of Adjustment is to raise the
Escrow Fees from $300 to $400. If the
Council is in agreement with the recommendation, he will prepare an Ordinance. The raise will cover advertising fees and
consulting fees, which at present are creating shortages. Cohen commented that the A and B appeals are
relatively simple. The C appeal is
somewhat more involved and on the D appeal they do not have a request. Birmingham stated that the Building fees
were increased last year and he feels we should be comparable with surrounding
municipalities. Cohen stated that the
last time this was done was October of 2002.
Merz asked Cohen if he feels the C rate structure should be a little
higher. Cohen answered that this is
their recommendation and C appeals are a bit more involved. The escrow money is returned if it is not
used. Cohen asked if everyone is
agreeable, he will prepare an Ordinance for the September 21 Agenda.
Taylor Road Ordinance
stated that the Ordinance was done in 2002.
The State did a speed survey and when they sent the results there was a
problem with the wording. Corporal
Muller has done his own survey with the correct wording and he will submit that
to the State. Leach explained that even
though the Ordinance was passed it was not approved because the speed survey
was incorrect. Birmingham stated that
more and more cars are using Taylor Road in the morning to bypass the light at
Route 15 and Berkshire Valley Road. He
asked Leach to have Officer Muller check on the traffic in that area.
Stop Sign at
Intersection of Boa Vista Drive and Canal Crossing
stated that based on the residents’ request, Corporal Muller has investigated
the need for a stop sign for people entering the development at Boa Vista
before making the right or left onto Canal Crossing. Merz commented that this development receives a lot of traffic
from people cutting through to get to Lakeside Field. Hardy asked if the town will be putting a centerline stripe on
that road. Leach made a note of
it. Cohen will prepare an Ordinance for
the September 21 Agenda.
#05-88: Monticello Estates Release
of Performance Bond (134-A)
that Elam and Coe have signed off on this matter. There is a $7,000 payment coming back to the town into the
Recreation Trust Fund. Birmingham
stated that the Maintenance Bond will go into affect for two years now and
Cohen said that is correct. Magnotti
stated that the Resolution has been amended to include plus Interest on the
Motion: Sanchelli, second Merz
President Birmingham Aye
#05-92: Authorize DEP Grant for
that the town will match with in kind services.
Motion: Sanchelli, second Hardy
President Birmingham Aye
asked if there were any members of the public that would like to come forward
with a question or comment and Rich Adams of 29 Lark Lane came forward. He is experiencing flooding on his property
and he has heard that the resident behind him will be clearcutting his lot. It is his understanding that the way the
surface water management plan was done for Robins Glen, the water is routed
across his yard and into the detention basin on the corner of Lark Lane. Adams stated that he has been in his home
for 10 years. For the first 3 years
there was no problem and then in the 4th, 6th and 10th
years, he has had to put pumps went in.
Adams explained that he brought in an engineer. Adams has a continuous flow of surface water
through his pumps. It is his concern
that with the new building, additions, garages, clearing and driveways that are
happening around him, the situation will continue to worsen. His neighbor, Mr. Berger, told him that he
has approval from Coe to clear-cut his lot and install a drainage system that
will be 150’ long and will tie into the stormwater system that is in the
road. Adams then stated that he is
president of the Robins Glen Homeowners Association. They have had a Board meeting and they have concerns about his
system. They asked Mr. Berger to submit
plans last year and they have not been forthcoming. Adams has been told that it will be a closed system with the
pipes buried underground and it will go into the drainage in the road. The Homeowners Association owns a detention
basin that they are responsible for and they have concerns especially with the
Highlands legislation because the detention basin discharges onto reservoir
land. Adams asked the Administration to
have Coe put a stop work order on the clear-cutting of the lot until the Homeowners
Association has an idea of what this system will look like. Leach asked Adams how large the area is that
Berger intends to clear-cut and Berger explained that it is approximately
75x12. Leach then stated that an area
that large cannot be clear-cut without a permit. Cohen stated that he would need a permit and Planning Board
approval for anything that he is constructing.
Cohen suggested that Adams go to the Municipal Building and ask to see a
copy of the plans and the permits.
Adams then stated that he still has the drainage problems. One year after the homes were completed, the
builder came back and disconnected all the drainage from the drywells, because
people were complaining about water in basements. Now there is surface water running all over. Leach took Adams’ phone number and stated
that he will get in touch with Coe and phone him in the morning.
Hamer of 5 Fox Chase Road came forward and stated that she is the President of
the Chamber of Commerce. She thanked
the Council and Administration for the use of Camp Jefferson for the Family Fun
Day and the concert that will follow on Saturday, September 17. Birmingham stated that the businesses and
residents of the town are benefiting from the work that the Chamber is
doing. Hamer reported to the Council
that on Saturday they will be holding a Memory Lane and they have invited the
descendents of the people who were the original benefactors that created Camp
Clifton. She extended an invitation to
the Council to welcome those descendents, which will take place at the Chamber
Cabin at 1:00 p.m. Birmingham suggested
that Hamer get in touch with the Historical Society because the history of Camp
Clifton should be in the archives.
Bonito, the President of Jefferson Highlights stated that a committee of 6
people have worked on this event for 16 weeks.
The Amphitheatre has gone from approximately 90 seats to 450 seats. The Camp has come very far. Their goal is to do a whole subscription
series of concerts next year. Every
penny, after expenses, will go back into the Camp. Birmingham commented on the volunteer spirit that has driven the
renovation of the Camp. There will be 2
shuttle buses to accommodate some of the traffic.
asked if there were any other members of the audience with questions or
comments and seeing no one come forward, he closed the public portion of the
reported that there is an Environmental Commission meeting this evening and
they will be discussing the email that the Council received about the grant
funding. She suggested that the Council
prepare a letter or Resolution strongly urging that the funding be kept in
place. Since the Environmental
Commission will be discussing this, they will probably be making a
recommendation to the Council as well as doing a letter of intent on the funds.
Adjournment at 8:10
Motion: Merz, second Sanchelli
President Birmingham Aye
Dated: September 14, 2005
Lydia Magnotti, Township Clerk Richard
W. Yocum, Council President