Planning Board Minutes from 4/24/03
 
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.  Roll call was taken.  Present:  Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Rica, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Canderella, (sitting in for Mr. Schultz) and Mr. Benatente.  Absent:  Mr. Rappa, Mr. Schultz,  Mr. David, Mr. Pugliese, and Mr. LoForte. 

A correction to the March minutes:  Mr. Benatente was present.  Mr. Beninati was mentioned twice in roll call. 

RESOLUTIONS:  Application #273, Schering-Plough Corporation for K-4 Boiler Expansion was voted into resolution. A motion was made by Mr. Tripodi,  2nd by Mr. Lepore.  Approved:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Lepore, and Mr. Candarella.  Resolution granted.

Application #04-03, Robert Schielke, 37 N. 23re Street, for a 2nd floor addition of a two foot cantilever in the back of a single-family house on a non-conforming lot.  A motion to approve was made by Mr. Vitale, 2nd by Mr. Beninati.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Rica, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Lepore, 

Application #05-03,  Lucy Vacarella, 404 Lafayette Avenue, for a deck encroachment on a rear setback. Mr. Beninati reported that  Ms. Vacarella had not submitted the required documentation regarding proper notification to the public.  Mr. Laughlin, acting Board Attorney, allowed the hearing to proceed, pending a timely receipt of the necessary documents.   Mr. Vitale said the 12’ x 22’ wooden deck would take up most of the undersized rear yard.  The neighbor has the same type of deck, and the site committee recommended approval.  A motion for approval was made by Mr. Rica, 2nd by Mr. Vitale.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Rica, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Lepore, and Mr. Candarella.

Application #274, Kenilworth Fire Department, 491 Washington Avenue, for an alteration and addition.  Mr. Tripodi had to recuse himself.  Mr. Westbrook gave tribute to the volunteer fire department and their unselfish efforts to aid the community.  Mr. Fruchter, town attorney, represented the Fire Department on this issue.  He stated the alteration is of inherit beneficial use to the community.  Any “D” or “C” requirements should be approved because of legitimate need. 

Mr. Lou Giordano, Fire Chief, was sworn in.  He presented exhibit #A-1 and #A-2, the plans for renovation.  He stated the 1966 structure housed the fire trucks at that time, however, our newest vehicle is 47’ long and there is no room for that, and other equipment, making expansion necessary.  Three rooms will be removed and the bathroom will be removed and added to the rear of the building.  Exhibit  #A-3  was a model of the

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new wing addition.  There is a provision for an elevator and a garage to maintain vehicles. Additional parking spaces are in the plans.  There will be a lease agreement with one neighbor, regarding more parking spaces.  Concessions (such as a fence or landscaping) will be offered to the owners of the properties adjoining the Fire Department.  A new roof is proposed.  The proposed expansion is 16,582 sq. ft.  The cost for this undertaking will be funded by two grants, the annual carnival and other fund raisers, with personal guarantees given by the volunteer members of the fire department and rescue squad themselves.  A very small percentage of the cost will reflect on town taxpayers.  The chairman asked for comments from the public, and there were none.       A motion to approve was made by Mr. Vitale, 2nd by Mr. Lepore.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Rica, Mr. Lepore, and Mr. Candarella.  Motion granted and applauded. 

Application #268 revised, Mr. Hoag, M.R.B S.,LLC., for 361-363 Monroe Avenue, for 1st and 2nd floor offices.  Sworn in: Thomas DiGiorgio, architect, presented the plans for the 2 ½ story office building.  There will be a 6’ wood fence around the sides and back of the property and a 10’ buffer zone is provided.  There is a discrepancy of a 7.5’ setback.  Mr. Rica and Mr. Westbrook said the building should be downsized for the area of the lot. 

After conferring with Dr. Disko, Mr. DiGiorgio made new revisions with a 310 sq. ft. footprint reduction.  The design will be as originally suggested, but reduced.  A water-retention basin was viewed by Dr. Disko.  The fence must be shown on the plans, a dense buffer should be included, and parking is an issue.  A suggestion of further scaling down of the original plans was made.  A request was made for this hearing to be moved to May 22, to allow for plan revision.  It will not be necessary to re-advertise.

A motion was made and 2nd to adjourn at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet M. Murphy,

Recording Secretary



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