PB - 2017 - Minutes

HARDWICK TOWNSHIP PLANNING BOARD JANUARY 12, 2017

There was the reorganization meeting and regular meeting of the Hardwick Township Planning Board on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The meeting was called to order at 7:34 p.m. by Alfia Schemm. She led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance. She stated that proper notice of this meeting has been given in compliance with the “Open Public Meetings Act”. Attorney Gavan administered the oath office to Mayor James Perry, Jim McKim, John Lovell, and George Fee. ROLL CALL: The following Planning Board Members were present: Mayor James Perry, Jim McKim, Lori Gold, George Fee, John Lovell, Alfia Schemm, and Walter Ribitzki. Board Members absent: Richard Matrisciano and Kevin Duffy. Ms. Schemm called for nominations for Chairman. Mayor Perry made the motion to nominate Walter Ribitzki. Motion seconded by Mr. McKim. Ms. Schemm asked if there were any other nominations. In a motion made by Mr. Lovell and seconded by Mayor Perry, the nominations were closed. In a roll call vote, all were in favor of electing Walter Ribitzki as Chairman. Election of Vice Chairman Chairman Ribitzki made the motion to nominate James McKim as Vice Chairman. Motion seconded by Mayor Perry. In a roll call vote, all were in favor of electing James McKim as Vice Chairman. Appointment of Board Professionals, Board Secretary, Designation of Meeting Dates, Time and Place and Designation of Official Newspapers Chairman Ribitzki made the motion to appoint Glen Gavan as the Board Attorney; Ted Rodman as the Board Engineer; Fred Heyer as the Board Planner; Alfia Schemm as the Board Secretary; to designate the 2 nd Thursday of the month as the Board Meeting dates, commencing at 7:30 p.m., at the Hardwick Township Municipal Building and to designate the NJ HERALD as the official newspaper and the EXPRESS TIMES as the secondary newspaper. Motion seconded by Mr. Lovell. In a roll call vote, all were in favor. MINUTES APPROVED: Copies of the minutes of the meeting of November 10, 2016, were distributed to all Board Members prior to the meeting. Mr. Lovell made the motion to approve the minutes of November 10, 2016. Motion seconded by Mr. McKim. In a roll call vote, all were in favor, except for Ms. Schemm; and Mr. Fee who was not present at the November meeting. OTHER BUSINESS: Joseph Dunn, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, was present to address the need for a Local Emergency Planning Council and the requirement for a Plan. The Board discussed who should be a member of the Council (Members of the Planning Board, Representatives from the Camps, Fire Department, Seniors, etc). He stated that radios have been purchased, which will be placed in various locations throughout the Township, which will run announcements. Mayor Perry stated that he will address the appointments to the Local Emergency Planning Council at the next Committee meeting. Mr. Dunn then addressed the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. NEW BUSINESSS: # 16-002 Northern NJ Council-Boy Scouts of America, Block 101, Lot 5- Completeness Board Attorney Gavan stated that he spoke with the Applicant's Attorney and he stated that he did not feel that the Attorney needed to be present for the completeness determination. Board Engineer Rodman reviewed his January 10, 2017 report and whether the application is for a Minor or a Major Site Plan. Board Attorney Gavan stated that based on his review, he feels that the application is for a Minor Site Plan. Mayor Perry made the motion to grant the waivers and to deem the application complete. Motion seconded by Mr. Fee. In a roll call vote, all were in favor. REORGANIZATION: Election of Chairman

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