Planning Board Minutes from 8/28/2003

The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll call was taken.  Present:  Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Puglese, Mr. Lopore.  Absent:  Mr. Rappa,  Mr. David, Mr. Rica, Mr. LoForte, Mr. Benintente, and Mr. Candarella.  Mr. Westbrook noted Mr. Candarella is in the hospital. Mr. Tripodi arrived at 8:10.

A motion to accept the minutes, as well as pay the attorney and secretary was made by Mr. Lopore, 2nd by Mr. Schultz.  All in favor.

RESOLUTIONS:  Application #201-A, Paparatto Construction, 870 Boulevard, to establish a Physical Therapy Clinic.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mt. Schultz, and Mr. Lopore.  Mr. Lane noted Mr. Beninati’s name was not spelled correctly on the resolution.

Application # 03-02, Estate of Venters’ Florist, 164 Michigan Avenue, for two single family houses on two conforming lots.  A resolution vote was taken, noting the fumigation and treatment of rodents and insects be made prior to demolition of the existing structure, as well as after, if necessary.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Lopore.

Application #07-03, St. Pauls A.M.E. church activity sign, 369 Monroe Avenue.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Lopore.

Application # 275, Elberon Development, Tech Center, 141 Market Street, site plan.  Elberon asked to withdraw the request for the site plan.  A motion to accept withdrawal of this application was made by Mr. Schultz, 2nd by Mr. Lopore.  All in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS: Mr. Beninati read a letter from Mr. Lane, regarding the case of Crincoli versus the Kenilworth Planning Board.  The Superior Court dismissed the case and found in favor of the decision of the Board.

NEW BUSINESS:  Application #10-03,  Mr. Cintron, 14 Tulip Court, for an installed Air Conditioner Unit in the side yard.  Sworn in: Mr. & Mrs. Cintron, who stated their contractor applied for the permit after the air-conditioner was installed.  Sworn in: Ms. Joyce Santoriello, 10 Tulip Court, spoke in favor of  the unit as the adjacent neighbor.  Sworn in:  Mr. Curtis Dick, N. 24th Street, an air-conditioner contractor, said our Building Department informs contractors of rear yard installment, and the cost of moving the unit is $300 to $500.  It was determined the Cintron contactor did not inform the residents of the rear-yard code.  Also, there is an existing deck in the back yard.

 A motion to approve the application was made by Mr. Schultz, 2nd by Mr. Pugliese.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, and Mr. Pugliese.

Application #11-03 for Mr. Hafeken, 366 Boulevard, for an Air Conditioner in the side yard.  Sworn in:  Mr. Hafekin, who stated the neighbors are not opposed to the Unit in the side yard. There is a pool in the rear yard.  He will “screen in” the unit, so it is not visible, and it meets the side-yard setback.  A motion to approve the application was made by Mr. Schultz, 2nd by Mr. Lopore.  All in favor.

Application #232-1 (revision), Blue Blade Steel, 123 North 8th Street, for an addition.  Mr. Schultz was recused.  The attorney for Blue Blade Steel introduced the engineer.

Sworn in:  Marvin Kelly, who showed a plan of the suggested addition overhead door with a common roof-line, an extended concrete driveway,  25’ high columns with beams in which a crane (that rides on rails) will be housed. The decreased parking spaces would be re-located in another area.  Sworn in:  Nicholos Sotos, engineer, stated the addition would move the parking spaces to the south side of the building.  The crane will be visible only during operation of unloading the inventory.  Dr. Disko, town engineer, stated the zone for the area was changed from “light industrial” to Industrial.  The changes are minor in conformance of previously-approved plans.  There is no height variance needed.  Impervious surface requirement now is 85%, but prior approved surface requirements, from a 1999 application, was a higher percentage.  He said the egress for fire safety is satisfactory.  The site plan issue is minor.  The decision of the Board should be either a two year zone protection or approval to June, 2006 (as per the application submitted in 1999).  There is nothing in our present ordinances that should prevent this use.  Mr. Kelly does not anticipate the crane rusting.  He requested the extension to June 22, 2006 as an amended site plan approval.  A motion to approve the application and the extension was made by Mr. Vitale, 2nd by Mr. Lopore.  All in favor.

OTHER BUSINESS: A letter for a raise is salary for Janet Murphy was presented to the Board.  Mayor Tripodi said he would present the request to the finance committee.  The Board spoke in favor of the request, as she has made various improvements to the position. 

Mr. Curtis Dick, 133 North 24th Street, was sworn in.  He has a problem with his neighbors’ fence, as he said it is encroaching on his property.  He informed our zoning officer, Mr. Frank Rica, that Mr. Dick’s neighbor constructed the fence without a permit, of which, only half  was removed. Mr. Dick has a permit to construct a fence on his own property, but cannot under the present circumstances.   Mr. Tripodi suggested Mr. Dick send a letter to mayor and council if there is an enforcement issue.  Mr. Lane said the Planning Board does not have jurisdiction for enforcing this issue.  Mr. Tripodi said if Mr. Rica has a conflict of interest, the Building Inspector may have to handle the enforcement issue.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet Murphy, Recording Secretary

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