Planning Board Minutes 10/28/2010
October 28, 2010

The meeting began with an affirmation of the Open Public Meetings Act.  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 Board approved the September 23, 2010 minutes.  Approval was given to pay the Recording Secretary.

Note:  Mr. Cammarota chaired this meeting, assisted by Mr. Tripodi.


Roll Call:  Present:, Mr. Sica, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Cuppari, Mr. Manee, Mr. Murphy, and Mr. Cammarota.

Absent and excused: Mr. Lepore, Mr. Picerno, Ms. Bogus, and Mr. Pantina,

Communications:  Ms. Bogus is absent.

Resolutions:   Application #315 & #5-10,  N J American Water Co., RE: Kenilworth Water Tank, Block 4, Lot 1.01.  Variance and Site Plan Review.

Mr. O’Connor, Board Engineer, stated the clean-up of the water tank area and painting was completed by N J American Water.  This was a condition of approval.

A motion to approve this resolution was made by Mr. Sica, 2nd by Mr. Cuppari.  All in favor:  Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Sica, and Mr. Cuppari.

Application #7-10,  Metro PCS, NY, LLC, Owner: Bramson, 201 So. 31st St., Block 178, Lot 6,  Use variance and 1”side yard variance with amended site plan and waiver approval for additional equiptment. 

A motion to approve this resolution was made by Mr. Sica, 2nd by Mr. Pugliese.  All in favor:  Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Sica, and Mr. Cuppari.

Note:  As mayors’ designee, Mr. Cammarota cannot be board chairman for Use Variance applications.  Mr. Tripodi requested a nomination for a temporary chairman.  Mr. Pugliese was nominated as the temporary chairman for this  meeting.

Since a representative for Application #7-10, Ross Brothers, is not present at the meeting, the Board decided to hear Application #8-10, Sprint/Nextel at this time.

New Business:  Application #8-10 & #319, Sprint/Nextel, RE: Bramson, 201 S. 31st St., Block 178, Lot 6. Site Plan and Variance, Upgrade existing wireless facility & sideyard setback.

Mr. Frank Ferraro is the attorney representing Sprint.  He stated the current 150’ monopole and four equiptment cabinets were previously approved in 2006.

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  A use variance, a height variance, and a sideyard setback variance are needed to upgrade this existing facility.  Three additional dish antennas are proposed.  The applicants’ planner will present the details to the board.  Photo simulations were marked as exhibits.

Sworn in:  Mr. Anthony Barile, Jr., engineer, representing Sprint.  He stated Sprint was previously approved for installation of six antennas.  There are presently two equiptment cabinets in the compound around the monopole. A third cabinet is proposed.  Three panel antennas are there presently, and three more antennas (dish) are proposed; the dish antennas will be installed under the existing antennas.  This is an unmanned facility, and no additional lights and sinage are proposed.  As a “condition of resolution” the debris around this facility must be cleaned up and maintained.  Metro complied with a prior resolution (at this site); cleaned the area, and planted hedge shrubs.

Note:  At this point, Mr.  Tripodi requested the Board address the matter of

Application #7-10, Ross Brothers, LLC, 104 No. 10th St., Block 60, Lot 3, Expansion of bar into basement, Existing, non-conforming use in I zone.

Since a representative of Ross Brothers did not come to the meeting, Mr. Pugliese suggested the hearing for this application be extended to the November 18, 2010 meeting.  A number of neighbors attended this meeting, and Mr. O’Brien instructed the public to call the Building Department to confirm this decision.  The recording secretary announced the Building Department phone number.

At this point, the meeting concerning Sprint/Nextel resumes.  An emissions control report was submitted.           

Sworn in:  Farid Mareouh, radio frequency engineer.  He said a high-speed wireless Broadband currently does not exist at this facility.  Sprint wants to upgrade by installing new dish antennas.  The landlines do not have the capacity to accommodate the latest technology.  Sprint cannot continue to provide high-speed wireless service with the present antennas.  There are three surrounding wireless facilities in Union, Roselle, and Cranford.  These links will replace the traditional copper connections.  The dish antennas beam about 1.6 miles, using low wattage.


Mr. O’Brien stated there will still be usable area left on the monopole.  Metro has a lower elevation at this site. 

Three new panel antennas and three dish antennas are proposed.

Sworn in:  Ronald Reinertsen, licensed planner.  He stated the Use variances requested satisfy both the positive and negative criteria (to promote the general welfare and proper land use).  There is very little impact on the surrounding area. 

Mr. O’Brien, Board Planner, suggested as conditions of approval the following:  no additional lighting and no additional sinage.  Also, they must clean-up the area, and a structural analysis must be given to the engineer.

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 Mr. O’Brien asked if the cabinets and monopole are sufficiently protected.  Mr. Ferraro said the cabinets are locked and a barbed wire fence is not favored.  The tower is electronically monitored.  Mr. Reinertson said the climbing pegs begin higher up on the pole. 

Mr. O’Brien summed up the variances requested.  This is a D-2 use variance for the expansion of a non-conforming use.  The proposed antennas are 150’ high, which requires a height Use variance.  An additional side yard setback variance of  3’ (4’ exists)

is requested.  Mr. O’Connor said positive drainage calculations should be submitted to the building department.  He added the clean-up and maintenance of the area should be included.

A motion to approve this application to resolution, with the conditions of the Board Planner, was made by Mr.  Cuppari, 2nd by Mr. Sica.  All in favor:  Mr. Sica, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Manee, Mr. Murphy, and Mr. Cuppari.

Comments for the Good of the Board   Mr. O’Brien told the Board Members he sent out the new Master Plan via e-mail a few days ago.  He asked them to review it, and, if they have any comments or questions, they should call or e-mail him by November first.  Possibly, by the December work session or the December 16, 2010 meeting, the Master Plan may be ready for finalization.

Comments from the Public:  There were no comments.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet M. Murphy,

Planning Board Recording Secretary

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