Planning Board Minutes from 11/20/2008
 

Borough of Kenilworth Planning Board Minutes

November 20, 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. Approval was given to pay the Recording Secretary. The Minutes from August 28, 2008 were approved.

Roll Call:  Mr. Lepore, Mr. Corcione, Mr.Beninati, Mr. Herbert, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Cirillo, Ms. Bogus, and Mr. Cammarota. Absent: Mr. Pantina, Mr. Leary, and Mr. Pugliese.  Mr. Mancino is attending a Planning Board seminar.  NOTE: Mayor, councilmen, and mayors-designee are not eligible to vote on Board of Adjustment matters.

 

Communications:  Mr. Beninati said there are no communications to report.

New Business:  Mr. Lepore addressed the Board concerning the application for proposed alterations at Harding School and Brearly High School.  According to New Jersey Public Law, the Board of Education must submit alteration proposals for the schools to the Planning Board for approval.  He said the following improvements are proposed:  Replacing the windows in Brearly, the roofs at both schools, equipment for improved air quality, additional security devices, improve the parking lots and sidewalks, creating a new drop off area (by the flagpole area), and creating a turf soccer field (at Harding school).  The High School building is fifty years old and the Grammar School dates back to 1928 (it has the original roof).  Both buildings need to improve their building standards.  The state will help to defray the cost.  Mr. Lepore called for a vote to approve the application for the proposed alterations at Harding School and Brearly High School.  Mr. Beninati made a motion for approval, 2nd by Ms. Bogus.  All in favor:  Mr. Herbert, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Corcione, Mr. Lepore, and Ms. Bogus.  Mr. Cirillo abstained.  Mr. Vitale must send a letter of approval and the resolution to the Board of Education.

Other Business:  Application fees will be discussed at the next meeting.

Comments from the public:  Mr. Falcitano had a question about the drop off zone at Harding school.  Mr. Lepore replied there will be a horseshoe type area and additional parent parking by the gym area.  Also, traffic officers will be asked to give their advice on expediting the Monroe Avenue traffic. 

The Board welcomed Ms. Madonna Bogus (she replaces Mr. Schielke as Alternate #2). 

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet M. Murphy, Planning Board Recording Secretary



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