Planning Board Minutes from 3/25/2004
 

The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance and affirmation of the Sunshine Law requirements.  A vote was taken to approve the payment of the recording secretary and attorney fees.  All in favor.   Present:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Michitsch, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. David, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Peters, Mr. Clementi, Mr.

Candarella, Mr. Deluca, Jr., and Mr. Russo.  Absent:  Mr. Soos and Mr. Laudati.  Mr. Arthur Russo (Mayors’ Designee) was welcomed into the Planning Board.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Mr. Beninati read a letter from Mr. Triarsi, Attorney (for Madden Properties).  His client fulfilled the requests of the engineers of Cranford and Kenilworth, so Mr. Triarsi requested a copy of the resolution (Application #03-003). 

Another letter, from Verizon Wireless, granted an extension of time for their application through April 30, 2004.  In addition, a new set of modified drawings (for the Verizon application) were passed out to the Board.  These drawings included a re-design of the Monopole and re-location of the equipment shelter.

RESOLUTIONS:  Application #282 & 13-04, Motiva Enterprises (Shell Station), 1300 Galloping Hill Road, for a sign replacement.  A motion to approve was made by Mr. Schultz, 2nd by Mr. Lepore.  All in favor:  Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. David, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Lepore.  Resolution granted.

Application #03-04, JWJ Developers, 211 N. 20th Street, for a two conforming lots subdivision.  A motion to approve was made by Mr. Schultz, 2nd by Mr. Lepore.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. David, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Lepore.  Resolution granted.

Application # 284, Elberon Development Corporation, Tech Center, 141 Market Street, for a multi-tenant Wholesale and Distribution Center.   A motion to approve was made by Mr. Schultz, 2nd by Mr. Rappa.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Schultz, Mr. David, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Lepore.  Resolution granted.

Application #01-04, John Zimmerman, 35 N. 7th Street, for a front yard encroachment variance.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. David, Mr. Peters, Mr. Lepore.  Resolution granted.

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NEW BUSINESS:  Application #04-01, Charles Pijanowski, 115 South 20th Street, for a two-lot subdivision.  Mr. Beninati presented a notarized affidavit from Mr. Pijanowski, which guaranteed the area residents were notified of this application and meeting.  This was accepted by the Board.  Sworn in:  Mr. Charles Pijanowski, who owns a 100’ x 100’ property at 115 South 20th Street, requested a subdivision.   He agreed to conform to all Building codes and Engineers’ requests.  Mr. Tango (Borough engineer) prepared a letter, dated March 22, requesting more detail on this application (example: grading, house placement, and drainage).  Mr. Lane, Board Attorney, suggested if approval of this application be made, it should be based on compliance with Mr. Tangos approval of revised plans.  It is not in a flood area and has been unoccupied for some time.  A motion to approve (subject to Mr. Tango’s approval) was made by Mr. Rappa, 2nd by Mr. Schultz.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Michitsch, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. David, Mr. Peters, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Clementi, Mr. Candarella, Mr. Deluca, Jr. and Mr. Russo.  Resolution granted.

OLD BUSINESS:  Application #278, Sprint Spectrum, for a Site Plan and Use Variance.  Mr. Lane explained this is a Board of Adjustment matter.  Stephen Marshall, Attorney for Sprint Spectrum, reviewed the proposal from a previous meeting.  There were visual issues at the original location in the Beth David Cemetery.  Other sites were investigated.  The Kenilworth Inn presently has three carriers on their sign, therefore, they wrote a letter of regret.  A neighboring lot, owned by Joe Neri, would not be available to rent.  Another site, in the Industrial district, at 201 South 31st Street, could work from a radio-frequency point of view.  Sketches at this site were presented to the Board members.  An aerial map was set up.  Mr. Rappa wanted to know why the Hoiles Drive location (Verizon site proposal) would not be considered.  Glen Pierson, radio-frequency engineer, said the west side of the Parkway has a higher grading and any site further east than 31st Street would restrict the radio waves.  The tower would be 150’ (or possibly lower) at this area.  Mr. Peters said two wireless towers in this town could be a problem, and Mr. Rappa agreed it would be best have co-location onto one tower.  Mr. Marshall said this tower would be available to other carriers.  Mr. O’Brien, town planner, asked if Hoiles Drive would be unsuitable. Mr. Pierson said it would not accommodate the needs. Mr. Beninati suggested the 31st Street site would be the least obtrusive.  Mr. Pierson said, although Sprint would prefer the cemetery site, the new location (31st Street) would require a higher tower (a 15’ difference) to augment the difference in coverage area, but this would be acceptable.  Mr. Marshall said Sprint would take a “test” that will take actual measurements of transmissions (to determine the actual height of the proposed tower).  Mr. O’Brien said cellular technology is “line of site”; obstructions, elevations, and distance from the tower must be taken into consideration.  Other sites of Sprint towers include: the area behind Home Depot and a water sphere.  Mr. Tango asked if Sprint has a “working relationship” with Verizon.  Mr. Marshall stated all carriers are willing to co-locate, and this site could possibly work for Verizon too.

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 Mr. Peters suggested the site of the steel water tower on the Golf Course.  Mr. Marshall replied this site request was denied by the owners.  Mr. O’Brien said space for multiple equipment sheds (for co-locaters) should be considered.  He asked if “flat mounting” on the pole would be possible.  He also asked about a “balloon test”.  Mr. Schultz suggested Verizon and Sprint attorneys agree on one location.  Mr. Beninati spoke with both applicants, and they are willing to correspond.  Mr. O’Brien suggested 31st Street be the preferred location.  Mr. Beninati requested an extension of time until June 1.  Mr. Marshall will give the extension in writing and will carry the meeting to May 27, 2004.  Mr. Lane marked the aerial view “A-5” and Mr. Rappa suggested it be left in the Boards’ possession.  Mr. Beninati asked if there is a problem with presenting this “A-5” to Verizon Wireless.  Mr. Marshall said it is “public record”, and can be viewed by anyone.  Duplicates could be made available in “page size”. 

At 9 p.m., motion to adjourn was made by Mr. Rappa, 2nd by Mr. Vitale.  All in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet M. Murphy,

Planning Board Recording Secretary



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