Planning Board Minutes from 6/26/2003

The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.  Roll call was taken.  Present:  Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. David, Mr. Rica, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lopore.  Absent: Mr. Canderella, Mr. Benintente, and Mr. Tripodi. A motion to accept the minutes of May 22, 2003, and to pay the attorney and secretary was made by Mr. Rappa, 2nd by Mr. David.  All in favor.

RESOLUTIONS:  Application #268, M.R.B.S. LLC., Mr. Hoag, 361-363 Monroe Avenue, for 1st and 2nd floor offices.  All in favor: Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Rica, and Mr. Pugliese

OLD BUSINESS:  Application # 02-03, V & R Reality, Inc., (Paparatto Construction), 17-19 South 21st Street, for two 2-family houses in an LC zone.  It was noted that Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lopore signed affidavits stating they heard the tapes of the May 22, 2003 meeting.  Mr. Rica and Mr. Lopore were recused from participating in the vote. A discussion ensued.  Mr. Westbrook said our Borough engineer, Mr. Disko, spoke in favor of the two-family houses.  Mr. Schultz  noted the overuse of the 21st Street public parking lot in this limited parking area, but would have agreed to two single family houses.  Mr. Pugliese said commercial use would create parking problems as well.  Mr. Vitale said this was one of the last pieces of commercial properties in town.  He agreed with Mr. Beninati about not rushing into a two-family arrangement.  A motion to deny was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Schultz.  A vote to deny approval:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, amd Mr. LoForte.  In favor of approval:  Mr. Westbrook and Mr. Pugliese.  Application #02-03 denied.

NEW BUSINESS:  Application #275, Elberon Development Company Tech Center, 141 Market Street, for a multi-tenant wholesale and distribution center.  The attorney for Elberon Corporation said the company will agree to construct a board-on-board fence to buffer the park.  Mr. Vitale and the Site Committee looked over that area.  He commented that the board-on-board fence did not extend to the end of the property and that the housekeeping, in general, was poorly maintained.  The extremely heavy truck traffic through the site was also noted.  Because the approval of this application may possibly accommodate an expansion of Restaurant Depot, the Elberon Corporation must also address the concerns of the residential neighbors.

 The Site Committee needs complete site plans for a comprehensive review.  Long range plans for the location must also be addressed.   Mr. Lane, board attorney, asked if Dr. Disko, borough engineer, reviewed the report.  He did, but did not comment.  The Site Committee may agree to meet with Elberon on Thursday, July 10 to discuss this matter, prior to the next Planning Board meeting.  This application will be continued until July 24, 2003.

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Application # 06-03, Kinder/Mahon, 633 Clinton Avenue, for a front cantilever setback variance.  After reviewing the plans, a motion to accept was given by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Rappa.  All in favor.  Application granted.

Appplication #08-03, Ferrante, 633 Kingston Avenue, a front and back cantilever setback variance.  Pictures of the proposed expansion were submitted to the Planning Board, titled A-1 and A-2. A motion to accept was made by Mr. Vitale, 2nd by Mr. Rappa.  All in favor.  Application granted.

Application #09-03, Dobrowski, 633 Kingston Avenue,  a front and back cantilever setback variance.  A motion to accept was made by Mr. Rica, 2nd by Mr. Westbrook.  All in favor.  Application granted.

Application #07-03, St. Paul A.M.E., Rev. Kilby, 369 Monroe Avenue for a Church activity sign. A request was made to continue this application to the July 24th meeting in order to fulfill the proper publications.

Application #276, Kenilworth Historical Society, RE: Nitshke house, for re-location of this house on the Boulevard to the area by the Veterans center. Mr. David and Mr. Lopore were recused. Mr. Vitale, because of owning property within the 200’ radius, was also recused.  Harvey Fruchter, attorney representing the Historical Society, presented certified mailings to Mr. Beninati.  The attorney requested approval at this meeting, because demolition of the Nitshke house is slated by the owner of the corner lot on the Boulevard and 21st Street.  This is one of the towns’ oldest structures, a farmhouse built in 1880.  Ms Shirley Maxwell, president of the Historical Society, gave a brief overview of the intention to re-locate the structure onto a 50 x 100’ lot on 21st Street at the VFW Monument Park.  Her vision is to restore the house into a “living museum”, giving tours and demonstrations.  Photo exhibits were presented of the present house and the future improvements.  Mr. Westbrook commended the Historical Society for their efforts.  Mr. Fruchter requested a “D” variance to promote the conservation of this site.  A motion to accept this application was made by Mr. Rappa, 2nd by Mr. LoForte.  All in favor.  Application granted with congratulations.

COMMENTS FOR THE GOOD OF THE BOARD:  Mr. Westbrook commented that the present recording machine is very old and beginning to have mechanical problems.  It probably should be repaired or replaced.

Meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet Murphy, Recording secretary

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