Planning Board Minutes from 3/27/03

The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.  Roll call was taken.  Present:  Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. David, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. LoForte, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Beninati, and Mr. Canderella arrived late.  Absent:  Mr. Rappa, Mr. Schultz, and Mr. Rica.

Mayor Tripodi called for nominations for chairman.  Mr. Beninati nominated Mr. Westbrook, 2nd by Mr. Lepore.  All in favor.  A nomination for Mr. Vitale as vice-chairman was made by Mr. Westbrook, 2nd by Mr. Lepore.  All in favor.   A motion to accept the February 27, 2003 minutes was made by Mr. Lepore, 2nd by Mr. Tripodi.  A motion to pay the attorney and the secretary was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Lepore. All in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS: Mr. Beninati read a note from the attorneys for V & R associates, requesting the application #02-03 be re-scheduled for April 24, 2003.  Mr. Lane suggested approval, pending re-notification to the neighbors (within 200 ft.) by V & R Associates.  Mr. Beninati will notify V & R Assoc. of this stipulation.

Another note from Pitney Partners, regarding withdrawal of Application #270, to consider other options.

A Letter from Mr. Lane, Board Attorney, wrote no board member shall participate in voting on an application of a business if that member holds 10% or more of their stocks.

RESOLUTIONS:  Application #01-03, Frank Pugliese, 229 N. 13th Street, was voted into resolution. A motion was made by Mr. Lepore, 2nd by Mr. Vitale. Yes:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Lepore.  Abstained:  Mr. David and Mr. Tripodi.  Resolution granted.

Application #270, Pitney Partners, Michigan Avenue, for a food warehouse, was withdrawn. 

Application #14-02 for M.R.B.S., Mike Hoag, requested a re-scheduled hearing for April 24, 2003.

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OTHER BUSINESS:  Mr. David addressed the issue of the house on the corner of the Boulevard and 21st Street being moved onto the Veteran Center land.  Mr. Lane said the Historical Society might need a use variance or site plan. He will consult with Mr. Disko, town engineer, as to the proper procedure involving the Nitshke house re-location. 

NEW BUSINESS: The meeting was turned over to vice-chairman, Mr. Vitale, because Mr. Westbrook is employed by Schering.  Application #273, Schering-Plough Corp., K-4 Boiler expansion, was represented by Mike Steffner, project manager, and Mr. Barry Marell, attorney.  Mr. Marell stated this application requires site plan approval, and two "C" variances for parking relief and a height variance for the boiler stack.  Mr. Steffner represented this application.  Building K-4 has four elements to this project. l. The expansion of the building with two boilers.  2.  One new 98' exhaust stack (8' 6" in diameter) with dual flues.  3.  The re-location of a generator.  4.  A new 125,000 gal. back-up fuel oil tank.

Dr. Disko presented a report regarding what effect the application has on adjacent property which is isolated from residential paoperties.  The parking is a technical issue, as there are no extra employees. Dr. Disko recommends the Board approve this application. 

Mr. Steffner said the stack is D.E.P.approved. The stack-emission permit is pending. The diesel fuel tank is double-contained to protect against spillage. Mr. Lane said the board would vote on site plan approval and two variances (with the approval of the D.E.P.).  Mr. Beninati moved the application be approved, 2nd by Mr. Lepore.  Yes:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. LoForte, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Canderella. 

COMMENTS FOR THE GOOD OF THE BOARD:  Mayor Tripodi asked Mr. Westbrook if the Master Plan Revision and the fee revision are being worked on by committees.  Mr. Westbrook said they are being reviewed.  He stated he recently went to the N.J. Planners seminar.

A motion to adjourn at 8:35 was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Lepore. All in favor.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet M. Murphy,

Planning Board Recording Secretary



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