Call Meeting to Order

Craig Williams, Environmental Commission (EC) Chairman called the meeting to order at 7:38 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 adequate notice as defined in Section 3D of Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 has been facsimiled and mailed from the Vernon Municipal Center to the New Jersey Herald on July 18, 2011. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call

William Becker A
Beverly Budz P
Michael Cheski P
Helena Holmes A
Heloise Ruskin P
Diane Wexler P
Craig Williams, Chairman P

Also Present

Aida Cahill, Recording Secretary

Salute to Flag

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Craig Williams.

Public Comments

There were no public comments.

Land Use Board Liaison Report

  • Block 220 Lot 8—Minor subdivision 6 month extension granted.
  • KDC Solar—Tabled for one month.
  • Variance for existing carport—Approved.
  • Rewriting of ordinance for storage of recreational vehicles and equipment.
  • Modification of permitted uses—Urgent Care moving closer to ski area.

Applications Under Review

LU #8-11-16: Guthrie Corner

Lakeland Bank building extension toward Rt. 515.

Old Business

Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tennessee gas pipeline was discussed at length and notable concerns were:

  • Oil cleanup—Oil from trucks and equipment in designated wetlands area. Ms. Budz suggested a walk in these areas for the purpose of viewing the wetlands destruction due to the oil. Oil cleanup is a priority.
  • Hay—Where did it originate from? Concerns regarding parasites, ticks, mites, etc.
  • Ground pine removal, which is endangered.
  • Reforesting of additional 100 ft. of forest cleared by the pipeline company, over and above the 75 ft. they are currently leasing.

Ms. Budz suggested that the Vernon EC get involved with the other New Jersey towns that will be affected by the pipeline by sharing their knowledge and experience of the process, and what has been done to Vernon.

Ms. Ruskin proposed reporting to the state, and requesting that replanting be done if there ever comes a time that the pipeline is no longer used.

Ms. Budz reported that, according to her calculations, 53,000 trees were taken out of the forest in Vernon by the pipeline company.

Mr. Williams advised that the report indicated 2-3 ft. whips will be used for replanting. It was noted that this is insignificant and unacceptable. Also discussed, was the survivability of these plantings.

It was suggested that the EC should list the types of plants that were removed by the pipeline company.

Ms. Budz showed photos of the original pipeline area cleared in the 1950s, and photos of the widespread destruction and clearing of today.

Mr. Williams questioned if there was a performance bond issued and who is signing off on it. It was noted that it is probably a state performance bond and suggestion was made that remediation should be tied into the bond.

Approval of Minutes

Regular Meeting Minutes from October 3, 2011 were tabled until the next meeting on December 5, 2011.


There was a motion to adjourn at 9:05 p.m., with all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Aida Cahill, Recording Secretary
Minutes approved: December 5, 2011