May 19, 2021 – Regular Meeting

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Stillwater Township Planning Board

Minutes of May 19, 2021

The regular meeting of the Stillwater Township Planning Board was held via Zoom and was called to order by Chairman Pierce at 7:31 p.m.  He led the Board in the flag salute and he announced that adequate notice of this meeting had been given to the public and the press under the provisions of the “Open Public Meetings Act”, N.J.S.A  10:4-1 et.seq.

Members Present:       Mr.   Donofrio

Ms.   Chammings

Ms.   Stark

Ms.   Puccio

Mr.   Pierce

Mr.   Barta

Mr. Branagan

      Also Present:          Attorney Haggerty

Engineer Golden

MINUTES:

Ms. Stark made the motion to approve the minutes of April 21, 2021. Motion seconded by Mr. Donofrio.  Roll call vote:

Mr.  Barta-Yes                                 Ms.  Chammings-Yes

Mr.  Donofrio-Yes                           Ms.  Puccio-Yes

Mr.  Pierce-Yes                                Mr.  Branagan-Abstain

Ms.  Stark-Yes

PUBLIC SESSION

Chairman Pierce opened the meeting up to the public.  With there being no public comment, the meeting was closed.

OLD/NEW BUSINESS:

   #20-001  Michael S. Wills & Agnes M. Toccket, Block 4308, Lots 1, 2, & 3

                   Extension Request

Mr. Wills reviewed his request for an extension of the approved lot line/subdivision application, which the Board discussed.

Mr. Donofrio made the motion to grant the extension as requested.  Motion seconded by Ms. Puccio.  Roll call vote:

Mr. Barta-Yes                                 Ms. Chammings-Yes

Mr. Donofrio-Yes                           Ms. Puccio-Yes

Mr.  Pierce-Yes                               Mr.  Branagan-Yes

Ms. Stark-Yes

Mr. Haggerty stated that he will prepare a resolution for next month.

BILLS:                                           Dolan & Dolan

Re:  General                                 325.00

Re:  Wills                                      74.25

Re:  General                                  74.25

Re:  Dingertopadre                        33.00

Ms. Puccio made the motion to approve the bills, funds permitting.  Motion seconded by Mr. Barta.  Roll call vote:

Mr. Barta-Yes                                 Ms. Chammings-Yes

Mr. Donofrio-Yes                           Ms. Puccio-Yes

Mr.  Pierce-Yes                               Mr.  Branagan-Yes

Ms.  Stark-Yes

OLD/NEW BUSINESS-Continued:

   Correspondence -Louis Sylvester

The Board discussed where they left off  last month and if there was an update.  Mr. Golden stated that the matter is now being handled by the Township Engineer.  The Board discussed the Zoning Permit that was issued and if a drawing was also submitted.  The Board briefly discussed who will be responsible to handle this matter moving forward.  The Board Secretary will ask to see if anything was attached to the zoning permit.

Jeannie Tuohy was on the Zoom call and she stated her frustration over what is transpiring.   She stated that they have complied with all of their approvals and she requested copies of the recent audio and meeting minutes where their property has been discussed.   The Board discussed who has the authority/jurisdiction to handle/review the recent complaints, the approval granted, and if there any violations.   Ms. Tuohy stated that they have closed on the sale of their property.   Mr. Golden stated that he has left his file for Mr. Vreeland.  Mayor Chammings stated to avoid a conflict, with a possible future application, Mr. Vreeland was selected to address the matter and a new Zoning Officer has now been hired.   The Board discussed the tree removal and Ms. Tuohy stated that there were a lot of diseased trees and the forester marked the trees that needed to be removed and they had planned on planting trees.   With there being no further discussion, the meeting was closed to the public.

Barns/Family Farms/Commercial Farms

   Deferred

Airbnb

   Deferred

Liaison Updates-Committee, Mayor, Board of Adjustment, and Environmental

   Mr. Branagan provided an Environmental Commission update: NJDEP notice septic repair; 992 Fairview Lake Road visit with Gottheimer; Swartswood Lake Volunteers 20.00 @ hour; and the signs at Veterans Memorial Park Tree Planting.

 Mayor Chammings provided the Committee update, which was discussed with the Board:  Visit with Gottheimer, the Gallagher property and the tank removal; abating the $63,000 lien; Budget adoption; zoning officer appointment;  thanking of  Board Engineer Golden; the resignation of Ms. Wunder and Mr. Morrison; the nomination of Mr. Barta to take over Mr. Morrison’s position; and the combining of Stillwater Day/Fireworks with the Stillwater Township Historical Day in October.  Mr. Branagan asked if there is someone that will be appointed as the Environmental Commission Secretary.  Mayor Chammings stated that she believes that Dawn Tighe may be taking over the position in August.  The Board discussed in person /hybrid meetings and it was agreed to begin in person meetings in July.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: 

No Public.    

 ADJOURNMENT:

With there being no further business, there was a motion made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 8:39 p.m.  In a voice vote, all were in favor at

Respectfully Submitted:

Alfia Schemm

Board Secretary

715/21

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