Borough of Kenilworth
Planning Board Minutes
March 27, 2008
The meeting began with an affirmation of the Open Public Meetings Act requirements: The schedule of meetings is on file in the Borough Clerks office, was posted on the bulletin board, and has been mailed to the Cranford Chronicle, the Kenilworth Leader, and the Star Ledger. All present recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The Minutes from February 28, 2008 were approved, with the exception of wording on the final page. Approval was given to pay the Recording Secretary and the Board Attorney.
Roll Call: Mr. Lepore, Mr. Corcione, Mr.Beninati, Mayor Fiamingo, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Pantina, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Schielke, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Mancino. and Mr. Cammarota. Absent: Mr. Leary and Mr. Candarella.
Communications: Mr. Beninati had a letter from Ms. Nancy Nichols, regarding the budget restraints. This year, the state has reduced aid to the Borough by over $370.000, and imposed a mandatory spending cap. All departments are required to cut their budget by 10%; this requires the Planning Board to reduce $500 from the budget.
Resolutions: Application #22-07, Troiano, 54 S. 23rd Street, Block 118, Lot 21, a variance for a fence in the front yard. Mr. Cirillo said he was in error regarding the question of two trees and cinderblock at this site. Item #7 on page 2 of the resolution states where the fence may extend. A permit is necessary to construct a fence. Mr. Mancino suggested the Board Attorney should number the Resolutions pages as (page 1 of 3), (page 2 of 3), etc. Mr. Corcione made a motion to accept this resolution, 2nd by Mr. Herbert. All in favor: Mr. Herbert, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Schielke and Mr. Pugliese.
Application #3-08, Gilligan, 33 Brasser Lane, Block 94, Lot 1, a variance for a front yard setback for a porch and an addition. A motion to accept this resolution was made by Mr. Herbert, 2nd by Mr. Cirillo. All in favor: Mr. Herbert, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Schielke, and Mr. Pugliese.
Application #285B, Neri, RE: 25 No. 26th Street, Block 189, Lot 9, requesting a 1 year extension of the application for preliminary site approval, retro-active from the original expiration date. A motion to approve this resolution was made by Mr. O’Malley, 2nd by Mr. Cirillo. All in favor: Mayor Fiamingo, Mr. Herbert, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Schielke, and Mr. Pugliese.
Old Business: Application #15-07, Galmayo/Blackthorn Restaurant, 651 No. Michigan Avenue, Block 1, Lot 5, an expansion of an existing non-conforming use.
Mr. Beninati read a communication from the attorney representing the Blackthorn. The applicant is requesting a delay of hearing this issue until the May 22, 2008 meeting. There will be no additional need to re-notice, and the time is “not running”. A motion to accept this request was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. O’Malley. All in favor.
Comments for the good of the Board: Mayor Fiamingo said there would be a meeting of the Council on April 2, and the budget cuts should be submitted by that time.
Mr. Mancino said the budget for the school increased by $650,000.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Janet M. Murphy,
Planning Board Recording Secretary
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