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 P
Heloise Ruskin P
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

Diane Wexler reported minor applications for decks and sheds at the LUB meeting. Both were approved.

Applications under Review

There were no applications to review.

Old Business

1. Three-Minute Idle Law

The comission directed the secretary to write a resolution for the Three-Minute Idle Law based on the discussion and action at the meeting. They will review the resolution at their next meeting and vote on it at that time and forward it to the township council.

2. Ban on Heavy Industry and Fracking

Diane Wexler will revise the resolution banning heavy industry and fracking and present it to the commission for its consideration at the November meeting. The commission discussed that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas involves the use of chemicals and hazardous materials and many of the chemical used during hydraulic fracturing have been documented to have adverse health effects on people and adverse effects to the environment. The commission will draft a resolution to forward to the township council, suggesting the council approve an ordinance banning fracking and heavy industry.

3. Township-Wide Garbage Pickup and Curbside Recycling Resolution

The comission approved a resolution to recommend to the township council to investigate a township-wide garbage pickup and curbside recycling program for the entire township.

Resolution #13-03: Resolution of the Vernon Township Environmental Commission recommending a feasibility study to institute township-wide garbage pickup with curbside recycling

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon currently has no municipal garbage pickup or curbside recycling;

WHEREAS, there are still residents that are not separating their household garbage from their recycling, a violation of New Jersey recycling laws that is difficult to enforce under current conditions of private contracts for garbage pickup or county landfill use;

WHEREAS, there is a need for a township-wide garbage pickup and curbside recycling;

WHEREAS, a township-wide municipal garbage pickup with curbside recycling could result in a cleaner environment for Vernon Township with less litter on township roads;

WHEREAS, a township-wide municipal garbage pickup with curbside recycling could have the propensity to better enforce state recycling laws; and

WHEREAS, the Vernon Township Environmental Commission unanimously supports a township-wide garbage pickup with curbside recycling;

NOW THEREFORE IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Vernon Township Environmental Commission makes the recommendation to the township council of the Township of Vernon to research the feasibility of instituting township-wide garbage pickup with curbside recycling to prompt better enforcement of the recycling laws.

New Business

1. Tree Planting

Chairwoman Beverly Budz announced that the trees are being planted. Some of them are already in around town, at the schools, and at the historical society building. Six dogwood trees have been planted at the schools. The rest of the trees will be planted within the next three weeks. The DPW is planting the trees, which came from Heaven Hill Farm through a reforestation grant to the township from the Department of Environmental Protection.

2. Black Bear Statue

Beverly Budz announced she would go before the township council at its October 17 meeting to seek approval to place the black bear statue in front of the municipal center. She asked for other commission members to attend the meeting in support. Gary Adamkovich is making the bear sculpture free of charge for the township. The B.E.A.R. group is paying Adamkovich to create the sculpture.

Approval of Minutes

September 10, 2013 Regular Minutes

The commission postponed approving the minutes, pending a verbatim transcript the commission directed the secretary to create concerning the discussion of the Three-Minute Idle Law. The September 10, 2013 minutes will be presented for approval at the November 12, 2013 meeting.

Motion to Adjourn

Heloise Ruskin moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:41 p.m. Diane Wexler 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 commission on November 12, 2013