The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance and a reading of the Sunshine Law. The following board members were present: Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Schlenker, Mr. LoForte, Mr. Rica, Mr. Tripodi, and Mr.Vitale. Mr. Schultz made a motion to accept the minutes of August 23, 2001, 2nd by Mr. LoForte. All in favor. Mr. Rappa made a motion to pay the Board Attorney and the Recording Secretary, 2nd by Mr. LoForte. All in favor.
Mr. Beninati read a letter that stated the Union County College of Engineering approves the site plan for wireless communication antennas to be mounted on an existing Kenilworth Inn billboard. The antennas and an equipment (10 ft. x 12 ft.) shelter will have no adverse effect on traffic. This proposal needs a use variance.
NOTE: Mayor Tripodi and Councilman LoForte excused themselves from the remainder of the meeting.
Mr. Richard Stanzione, the Attorney for Nextel Industries, introduced the following sworn-in experts in communications:
1st WITNESS: Mr. Louis Tomasello, Jr. Engineer
Employee of Innovative Engineering
1144 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, New Jersey
Mr. Tomasello was questioned about the mounting of the antennas, the equipment shelter, the underground wires, and the two parking spaces taken up by the shelter.
2nd WITNESS: Mr. Christian D. LaTendresse, Consultant
Radio Frequency Engineer for Nextel Wireless
2 Industrial Road
Fairfield, New Jersey
Mr. LaTendresse testified that, in order to have seamless wireless coverage in this area, the antennas should be mounted on the Kenilworth Inn billboard. It is an existing structure above the tree-line. Nextell antennas will not interfere with other F.C.C. communication systems or emergency channels.
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3rd WITNESS: Mr. William F. Masters, Jr.
Licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey
Retained by Nextel Industries
Mr. Masters concluded the application adheres to zoning criteria and will not cause a detriment to the public good. Nextel is a F.C.C. licensed carrier. He concurred with Dr. Diskos findings in this Commercial-Industrial area. He handed out computer-enhanced photographs from various angles of the proposed white antennas, as they would appear on the existing signpost. The impact would not be a visual detriment to the area.
Mr. Schlenker questioned the color of the shed, and it was agreed Nextel would confer with Dr. Disko.
Mr. Loughlin, alternate Borough attorney, agreed with Dr. Diskos findings.
Mr. Schlenker made a motion to approve the application granting three variances. There is a stipulation that a meeting be held by Nextel and Dr. Disko to discuss the asthetics and the surface appearance of the shed and antennas. A vote to approve the proposal was called for. Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Schlenker, Mr. Rica, Mr. Lopore approved. Mr. Rappa made a motion to adjorn, 2nd by Mr. Schultz. All in favor.
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