Chairperson Beverly Budz called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, adequate notice of this regular meeting has been provided to the public and the press on December 13, 2012 by delivering to the press such notice and posting same at the municipal building and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Salute to the Flag

Roll Call

Beverly Budz P
Michael Cheski P
Traci Baldwin-Carter A
Heloise Ruskin A
Diane Wexler P

Also Present

Jessi Paladini, Recording Secretary

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Meeting Closed to the Public

Land Use Board Liaison Report

There was no report. Land Use Board liaison Diane Wexler said recent LUB meetings have been canceled due to the lack of applications.

Applications under Review

1. AT&T Additional Antenna to Existing Cell Tower

The environmental commission had no concerns with this application.

2. A&P TWA Permit

The commissioners questioned whether the sewer lines for the A&P Plaza would cross over or impact Town Brook, an FW1 trout maintenance waterway. A letter asking that question and outlining the commission’s concerns will be sent to the Land Use Board.

Old Business

1. Three-Minute Idle Law

The commission read the Three-Minute Idle Law with signage as drafted by the recording secretary and approved it to forward to the mayor and township council for their consideration.

Motion to Approve: Diane Wexler
Motion Seconded by: Beverly Budz

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Michael Cheski, Beverly Budz, Diane Wexler
Nays: None

2. Ban on Heavy Industry and Fracking

Diane Wexler wrote a resolution recommending the banning of heavy industry and fracking. The commission discussed the resolution, as well as researched the Internet for information on fracking. The resolution will recommend that the township council ban heavy industry and fracking from all zones in the township. Diane Wexler will revise the resolution. The commission will forward the resolution to the township council for its consideration after the commission finalizes it and votes on it.

3. Township-Wide Garbage Pickup and Curbside Recycling Resolution

The resolution has been forwarded to the township council and mayor, suggesting the governing body investigate implementing a township-wide garbage pickup and recycling program.

4. Tree Planting

Concerning the DEP reforestation grant the environmental commission wrote, for which it successfully received $30,000 to buy and plant trees throughout certain areas within the township, commission chairwoman Beverly Budz announced that most of the trees have been planted with only very few remaining. The trees have been planted at the township’s six schools, at Maple Grange Park, the municipal complex, at the dog park, and at the historical society headquarters. The trees were purchased from Heaven Hill Farm and planted by the township DPW.

New Business

1. High School Student Joining the Environmental Commission

Beverly Budz announced that the mayor would be appointing a student commissioner from Vernon Township High School, most likely a senior.

2. Reviewing the Year’s Achievements

Chairperson Budz asked the commissioners to think about the environmental commission’s accomplishments in 2013 in preparation of the required yearend report the commission will submit to the township mayor and council in December or January. At the December meeting, the commission will create a summary of accomplishments by reviewing 2013 meeting minutes.

3. Environmental Commission Goals for 2014

Chairperson Budz asked the commissioners to also think about some possible goals for the environmental commission for 2014. The commission will discuss them at the January 2014 meeting. Michael Cheski suggested the commission discuss the bike path again for consideration in 2014.

Commission Comments

Commission members questioned how they could access the Internet from their meetings in the municipal courtroom and questioned whether the township has Wi-Fi. Chairperson Budz will ask the township clerk how they could access it for research and other uses during meetings.

The commissioners discussed review of township projects. They agreed to ask the township clerk and the Land Use Board secretary to keep the environmental commission aware of any township-initiated projects, including but not limited to recreation projects such as basketball courts and so on.

Approval of Minutes

1. September 10, 2013 Revised Regular Meeting Minutes with Transcript of Discussion on Three-Minute Idle Law Enforcement Resolution Attached

Motion to approve the minutes made by Beverly Budz
Seconded by Diane Wexler

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Michael Cheski, Diane Wexler, Beverly Budz
Nays: None

2. October 8, 2013 Regular Meeting

Motion to approve the minutes made by Michael Cheski
Seconded by Diane Wexler

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Michael Cheski, Diane Wexler, Beverly Budz
Nays: None

Motion to Adjourn

Diane Wexler moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:52 p.m. Michael Cheski seconded. All were in favor.

The next meeting of the environmental commission will be on December 10, 2013.

Transcribed by Jessica Paladini
Recording Secretary
Adopted by the Vernon Township Environmental Commission on January 14, 2014