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					       The Minutes of the Official Meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
County of Union, State of New Jersey on September 23, 2008 at 8:10 p.m. in Council Chambers.

THIS MEETING IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE “OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT” AS ADEQUATE
NOTICE OF THIS MEETING HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY MAILING THE ANNUAL SCHEDULE OF
MEETINGS TO THE CRANFORD CHRONICLE, UNION COUNTY LOCAL SOURCE, AND THE STAR
LEDGER, BY POSTING SUCH ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULE ON A BULLETIN BOARD IN THE TOWN
HALL RESERVED FOR SUCH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND THE FILING OF SAID NOTICE WITH THE
TOWNSHIP CLERK OF CRANFORD. FORMAL ACTION MAY BE TAKEN AT THIS MEETING.

Present:        Mayor Robert I. Puhak
                Deputy Mayor David W. Robinson
                Commissioner Martha Garcia
                Commissioner Michael A. Plick
                Commissioner Mark C. Smith
Absent:         None

There were thirty-five (35) members of the public present. Leslie Murray represented the Cranford
Chronicle.

INVOCATION AND FLAG SALUTE
The invocation was led by Deputy Mayor Robinson, followed by the flag salute led by Girl Scout Troop
No. 779.

PAYMENT OF BILLS
On motion of Deputy Mayor Robinson, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the bills were
approved for payment by recorded vote. Said bills, totaling $424,674.96 are on file in the Office of the
Township Clerk.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

MINUTE APPROVAL
On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Smith and passed, the Workshop Meeting
of September 8, 2008, and the Conference and Official Meetings of September 9, 2008, were approved by
the indicated vote of the Township Committee:
Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

MAYORAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
WHEREAS, cancer is a public health and safety issue, an environmental issue, a spiritual issue, a labor
and industry issue, and is a matter of life and death; and
WHEREAS, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to
honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36, has begun
its “Tie A Ribbon” campaign; pink ribbons being the international symbol for breast cancer awareness;
and
WHEREAS, the mission the of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer
as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment; and
WHEREAS, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, North Jersey Affiliate, has requested
permission to tie pink ribbons around trees in Cranford symbolizing courage, hope, support and a cure for
those afflicted with breast cancer.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert I. Puhak, Mayor of the Township of Cranford proclaim the month of
October 2008 as BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH and urge residents of Cranford to
support cancer research to completely erase not only breast cancer, but all cancers, from the minds, hearts
and bodies of our relatives, friends and neighbors.

INFORMAL MEETING
Mayor Puhak opened the informal meeting portion of the meeting and asked if there were any questions
or comments. Hearing no comments, Mayor Puhak closed the informal meeting portion of the meeting.
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ORDINANCES – Final Reading and Public Hearing

Ordinance No. 2008-31:
The Deputy Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-31 entitled, “AN ORDINANCE
AMENDING SECTION 136-23H(8)(d) OF CHAPTER 136 OF THE “REVISED ORDINANCES OF
THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD, NEW JERSEY (1988),” TO PERMIT FREESTANDING SIGNS IN
THE B-3 ZONE.”
Said ordinance having been advertised and posted in accordance with law, Commissioner Smith opened
the public hearing. Hearing no comments, Commissioner Smith closed the public hearing. On motion of
Commissioner Smith, seconded by Commissioner Plick and passed, said ordinance was adopted by the
indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

ORDINANCES – Introduction

Ordinance No. 2008-35:
The Deputy Township Clerk read by title only Ordinance No. 2008-35 entitled, “AN ORDNANCE TO
AMEND ARTICLE III (SPECIAL SERVICE OF POLICE DEPARTMENT; FEES) IN CHAPTER 42
(POLICE DEPARTMENT) OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD TO AMEND FEE
FOR AUTHORIZED USE OF POLICE VEHICLES”.
Said ordinance was approved on first reading on motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Deputy
Mayor Robinson, and passed by the indicated vote of the Township Committee.
Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None
Public Hearing scheduled for October 21, 2008

RESOLUTIONS – By Consent Agenda

On motion of Commissioner Garcia, seconded by Commissioner Smith and passed, the following
resolutions were adopted by consent agenda:

Resolution No. 2008-282:
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE USE AND PURCHASE OF HYBRID VEHICLES
WHEREAS, American reliance on foreign oil is a growing and serious threat to the national security and
economic vitality of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the United States of America is responsible for producing approximately 25 percent of the
world's global warming pollutants; and
WHEREAS, petroleum combustion accounts for about 40% of all U.S. CO2 emissions; and
WHEREAS, recent, well-documented impacts of climate disruption include average global sea level
increases of four to eight inches during the 20th century and a 40 percent decline in Arctic sea-ice
thickness, and the State of New Jersey has previously adopted policies calling for actions to reduce global
warming pollution; and
WHEREAS, hybrid vehicles can reduce reliance on imported oil and decrease greenhouse gas emissions
and other pollutants generated by vehicles; and
WHEREAS, hybrid technology can accomplish reductions in greenhouse gas and reliance on oil more
quickly than a number of other emerging technologies; and
WHEREAS, hybrid vehicles will also help American citizens, businesses, and communities save on fuel
costs;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Cranford endorses the use of hybrid
vehicles when reasonably possible; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township of Cranford commits to considering the purchase of
such vehicles whenever any vehicle purchases are required by or proposed for the Township, with the
intent of purchasing hybrid vehicles whenever reasonably possible; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township of Cranford supports federal and state legislation
that reasonably funds incentives, demonstration projects, and fleet orders for hybrid vehicles.

Resolution No. 2008-283:
WHEREAS, Cranford’s Downtown District Management Corporation (DMC) is holding a “Fall for
Cranford” event during the month of October 2008; and
WHEREAS, the DMC has requested the following in connection with said event:
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       Authorization to utilize the Gazebo in Mayor’s Park on Thursday, October 2, 2008 from 2:00 to
        7:00 PM;
     Authorization to utilize Eastman Plaza for a concert on Friday October 3, 2008 from 6 to 10 PM;
     Authorization to allow free parking on streets and in all municipal parking lots on Saturday
        October 4, 2008; and
     Authorization to display scarecrows on Victorian light poles during the month of October.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford hereby authorizes the
aforesaid requests in connection with the DMC’s “Fall for Cranford” event.

Resolution No. 2008-284:
WHEREAS, across the nation, traffic crashes caused more than 41,000 fatalities in 2007, and are the
leading cause of death for young people ages 15-34; and
WHEREAS, in New Jersey, 724 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2007; and
WHEREAS, alcohol-related crashes accounted for 28 percent of the State’s traffic fatalities, while 25
percent of all fatal crashes involved traveling at unsafe speeds; and
WHEREAS, motorcyclists, bicycle riders, and pedestrians face increased risks on New Jersey’s
roadways, as people opt for alternative modes of transportation; and
WHEREAS, 78 motorcyclists, 12 bicyclists, and 144 pedestrians were killed in New Jersey in traffic-
related crashes in 2007; and
WHEREAS, Safer driving behaviors such as buckling up, every ride; obeying posted speed limits;
avoiding aggressive driving behaviors and aggressive drivers; never drinking and driving; wearing proper
safety gear when riding a motorcycle or bicycle; and focusing solely on driving by avoiding distractions,
can dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor Robert I. Puhak of the Township of Cranford, do hereby proclaim
October 10, 2008, Put The Brakes On Fatalities Day, and call upon everyone to put these lifesaving
behaviors into practice to improve safety on the roadways in our community and throughout the State.

Resolution No. 2008-285:
WHEREAS, on September 9, 2008 the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford approved
Resolution No. 2008-280 designated as the Redeveloper of the Riverfront Redevelopment Area (“the
Project Site”) Garden Homes, Inc., and;
WHEREAS, in the aforementioned resolution the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
authorized the Mayor to enter an interim cost agreement with Garden Homes, Inc., to defray expenses
incurred by the Township related to Garden Homes, Inc., project and requiring Garden Homes to
reimburse the Township therefore, to redevelop the Project Site substantially in accordance with the
requirements of the Riverfront Redevelopment Plan; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary that the Township of Cranford retain a Planner to evaluate the Redeveloper’s
financial condition; and
WHEREAS, on September 9, 2008 the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford approved
Resolution No. 2008-270 designating Beacon Planning & Consulting Services, L.L.C., as one of the
planning firms to provide planning services to the Township of Cranford; and
WHEREAS, Beacon Planning and Consulting Services, L.L.P. July 29, 2008 proposal for said services is
for a cost not to exceed $3,500.00; and
WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Finance have certified to the availability of
escrow funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
New Jersey, as follows:
         1. Approves the award of a contract to Beacon Planning & Consulting Services, L.L.C., Colts
                   Towne Plaza, Suite 207, 41 State Highway 34 South, Colts Neck, New Jersey 07722;
                   and
         2.       Authorizes the Mayor and Township Clerk to execute the contract; and
         3.       This contract is awarded pursuant to the “fair and open” process (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5 et
                  seq.); and

Resolution No. 2008-286:
WHEREAS, on September 9, 2008 the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford approved
Resolution No. 2008-280 designated as the Redeveloper of the Riverfront Redevelopment Area (“the
Project Site”) Garden Homes, Inc., and;
WHEREAS, in the aforementioned resolution the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford
authorized the Mayor to enter an interim cost agreement with Garden Homes, Inc., to defray expenses
incurred by the Township related to Garden Homes, Inc., project and requiring Garden Homes to
reimburse the Township therefore, to redevelop the Project Site substantially in accordance with the
requirements of the Riverfront Redevelopment Plan; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary that the Township of Cranford retain a Planner for the Riverfront
Redevelopment Project; including preparation of amendments to the Riverfront Redevelopment Plan; and
WHEREAS, on September 9, 2008 the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford approved
Resolution No. 2008-270 designating Beacon Planning & Consulting Services, L.L.C., as one of the
planning firms to provide planning services to the Township of Cranford; and
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WHEREAS, Beacon Planning and Consulting Services, L.L.P. September 19, 2008 proposal for said
services is for a cost not to exceed $9,200.00; and
WHEREAS, the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Finance have certified to the availability of
escrow funds which is on file in the office of the Township Clerk;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
New Jersey, as follows:
        1. Approves the award of a contract to Beacon Planning & Consulting Services, L.L.C., Colts
             Towne Plaza, Suite 207, 41 State Highway 34 South, Colts Neck, New Jersey 07722; and
        2. Authorizes the Mayor and Township Clerk to execute the contract; and
        3. This contract is awarded pursuant to the “fair and open” process (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5 et
              seq.); and

Resolution No. 2008-287:
REMOVED FROM AGENDA

Recorded Vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia, Plick and Smith
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Mayor Puhak opened the public comments portion of the meeting and asked if there were any questions
or comments.

Jeffery Young, 199 North Leigh Avenue, discussed his dissatisfaction with the progress of the High
Street/Baldwin Court Footbridge project. Feels the town is experiencing “déjà vu”. Compared this project
to the storm sewer improvement project that was bonded in 1999. Discussed various problems the town
encountered with both projects. Suggested that the Township use a cross check and balance system when
working with contractors. Feels issues regarding the High Street/Baldwin Court Footbridge project could
have been resolved if the Township requested the contractor provide copies of the appropriate permits.
Discussed the replacement of the Crane Parkway Bridge and the procedure that was followed. Would like
better communication to take place between the Township Committee members and the department
heads. If the Township does not take responsibility for its actions, the same mistakes will be made.

Mayor Puhak thanked Mr. Young for his comments. Invited Mr. Young to review the project’s
documented paper trail. Assured residents that there is adequate communication between the Township
Committee and Township professionals. Discussed the town’s frustration with the lack of progress at
certain points in this process. The town has taken full responsibility for its actions. Assured residents that
the Township Committee works hard to contact the appropriate departments when things happen beyond
its control. Feels there is a lot more to this situation then the public is aware of. Understands the residents
frustration. Invited residents to discuss their concerns with the Commissioner of Engineering, the
Township Engineer and himself.

Mr. Young discussed the need for the Township to demand contractors to provide copies of the
appropriate permits to prove that certain aspects of each project have been accomplished. If there are any
delays, it should be made public and in a timely manner.

Mayor Puhak discussed the calendar of events associated with this project that was made public to the
residents. Feels quite a bit of progress has been made on various projects throughout the town.

Mr. Young is concerned that the Township is not learning from its mistakes.

Commissioner Smith appreciates the comments made by Mr. Young. Reiterated comments made by
Mayor Puhak. Feels he has provided the public with adequate reports on this project. Announced that the
completion date has been moved for different reasons. There were entities that interfered with the timely
completion of this project. The same procedure was followed in constructing the Crane Parkway Bridge.

Christopher Beck, 35 Mansion Terrace, thanked the Township Committee for giving him the opportunity
to represent the youth of Cranford. Expressed the need to construct a “free wheels” park for recreational
use. Discussed various sport events that were held throughout Union County. Feels that if a park is
erected, it should be designated as a drug free school zone. Would also support an increase in penalties for
damages made to public and private property within the park. Feels this is an ever growing sport in art
and cultural. There is a large group of children residing in Cranford that have nowhere to play. His goal is
to compromise with the Township Committee to help open a “free wheels” park where children of all
ages can come together.
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Mayor Puhak thanked Mr. Beck for voicing his concerns. The Township Committee appreciates the input
and will take his request seriously.

Hearing no further comments, Mayor Puhak closed the informal meeting portion of the meeting.

PROFESSIONAL COMMENTS

Township Administrator Schmid
    Announced that the Division of Taxation has mailed the Homestead Rebate checks. Explained
       that the rebate amount has been reduced due to State budgetary constraints. Homeowners who
       have not filed have the opportunity to apply until October 31, 2008. Provided contact
       information.

COMMISSIONER REPORTS/COMMENTS

Commissioner Mark C. Smith
   Discussed Resolution No. 2008-282 which commits to the use and purchase of hybrid vehicles
      whenever reasonably possible. The adoption of this resolution was a joint goal of the
      Environmental Commission and the Township Committee. Feels this is a way to promote
      sustainability and to contribute to responsible uses of resources;
   Discussed the refurbishment of the palladium window located in Council Chambers. The
      window was in dire need of repair, as it was causing an unnecessary waste of energy;
   Discussed the need to replace various windows within the municipal building which will also
      help reduce energy usage;
   Discussed the adoption of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Standards
      (LEEDS) ordinance which provides sustainable building standards for construction. Explained
      that the standards are established by the U.S. Green Building Council. A portion of the
      ordinance requires the Township to adopt these standards for existing buildings. The Township
      became a member of the US Green Building Council to obtain certain information which would
      allow the Township to move forward with the LEED – EB certification for the Community
      Center;
   Discussed the adoption of resolutions which support the Board of Public Utility’s Clean Power
      Choice Program and Energy Star “Change a Light, Change the World” Program. Mayor Puhak
      issued a proclamation declaring thirty days from Earth Day as Clean Energy month. A street fair
      and Save the Earth Expo were also held;
   Discussed the conservation element which is part of the Master Plan. Explained that the previous
      Township Committee decided to fund this effort. The Environmental Commission contributed to
      the effort through volunteer work;
   Discussed the Stormwater Management Ordinance that is being proposed. The ordinance was
      introduced in August and is currently being revised. Assured the residents that the Township
      Committee will be moving forward with the adoption of the ordinance;
   Discussed the idea to increase usage of the Recycling Center by exploring the possibility of
      textile recycling;
   Discussed the possibility of establishing a policy for programmable thermostats in municipal
      buildings to conserve energy;
   Discussed the Township Committee’s consideration to place solar panels on the roof of the
      Township Library. Explained that legal issues associated with the construction of the Recreation
      Center and Library have delayed this effort. Assured residents that the Township Committee is
      taking this effort seriously;
   Discussed the Environmental Commission. Feels a record of accomplishment has been set for
      this year for projects that have languished over the years;
   Announced that the Cranford Environmental Commission would be providing free compact
      fluorescent light bulbs in connection with the Clean Energy Program on Saturday, September 27,
      2008 in front of the Cranford Post Office. Encouraged residents to attend to receive a free light
      bulb;
   Announced that the River Clean Up will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2008. The River
      Maintenance Committee will be sponsoring the event;
   Thanked residents that attended tonight’s meeting. Commended those who came out to show
      support for something they believe in. Feels it is civic minded and takes a lot of effort. Respects
      each and everyone who attended. The Township Committee will take the request to install a free
      wheels park seriously.

Commissioner Michael A. Plick
   Discussed an article published in the Star Ledger regarding the 2007 Union County Crime
      Report. Mentioned that the crime rate in Cranford is one of the lowest in Union County.
      Congratulated the police department on their efforts in reducing the crime rate;
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       Reiterated comments made by Commissioner Smith. Admires the residents who attended
        tonight’s meeting to show their support for the request to erect a skate park. Advised the
        residents to investigate the matter further and to be persistent. The request will be considered by
        the present and future Township Committees. Mentioned that the request had been addressed in
        the past and unfortunately was declined. Discussed previous suggestions he made regarding duel
        usage of such a facility to reduce residential concerns that the park would become vacant in the
        future. Encouraged the youths in attendance to present solutions to the Township Committee that
        will embrace the entire town. Assured residents that the Township Committee will take the
        petitions seriously. Feels an alternative is to try and work with the County on finding a location;
       Announced that the Cranford Downtown District Management Corporation (DMC) will be
        sponsoring the “Fall for Cranford” event beginning October 2, 2008. Businesses in the
        downtown will be displaying items for sale and demonstrating various products. In addition, a
        new “Scarecrow Stroll” contest will begin on October 2, 2008. The deadline to enroll in the
        contest was Monday, September 22, 2008. There were eighty registrants that have enrolled in the
        contest. On Friday, October 3, 2008 Brother John Brown will be giving a concert at Eastman
        Plaza from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, October 4, 2008 various events will be taking place in
        the downtown. There will be free parking throughout the downtown to encourage people to
        attend;
       Announced that the Jaycees Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Drop will be held on Sunday,
        October 26, 2008. Provided contact information.

Commissioner Martha Garcia
   Discussed the request to establish a skate park. The Teen Advisory Board is always looking for
      teenagers and young adults interested in improving the community. Encouraged the youths
      interested in constructing a skate park to attend a Teen Advisory Board meeting to offer
      suggestions;
   Announced that the Recreation and Parks Department will begin new programs next week. A
      total of twenty-four (24) new programs have been added to the schedule. Registrants can apply
      either at the Community Center or online;
   Announced that “Football Fiesta Friday” will begin this Friday, September 26, 2008 after the
      Cranford High School football game. The first event will be hosted by Java’s Brewin from 9:30
      pm to 11:30 pm. Would like for teenagers to take advantage of this new program. The second
      event will be hosted by Joanie’s Café and the third event will be hosted by Cosi;
   Announced that the Centennial Avenue Music Festival will be held on Saturday, October 11,
      2008 from 2 pm to 7 pm in the rear parking lot of Lincoln Avenue School. Various local artists
      will be featured at this event. Admission is free but a $5 donation is appreciated;
   Discussed Cranford.com and the information that is available. Encouraged residents to utilize the
      website. An events calendar is available through the website for the public to view. Informed
      groups and organizations that events that are open to the public can be added to the list;
   Discussed the posting of the TV35 weekly program schedule on the TV35 webpage. Feels it will
      be helpful for the public to view the schedule. Also mentioned that Township Committee
      meetings and various shows can be accessed online at TV35online. This new feature is currently
      in a trial phase. The town is looking for positive feedback from the public along with helpful
      suggestions. Thanked the TV35 volunteers for these efforts;
   Discussed the status of the Veteran’s Flagpole. The flagpole fund is approaching $15,000.
      Encouraged residents to visit the website and donate towards this worthy cause. Announced that
      the flagpole was transported from the Conservation Center to the Lead Abatement Company this
      morning. Urged residents to attend the flagpole rededication ceremony and the dedication
      ceremony of the Victorian fountain on Saturday, November 8, 2008;
   Discussed the Police Department Traffic Pace Car program. Encouraged all citizens to
      participate in the event. This is a citizen based traffic-calming program. Provided contact
      information;
   Announced that a Walk for Obesity walkathon will take place at Nomahegan Park on Saturday,
      September 27, 2008 from 8 am to 12 noon. The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric
      Surgeons Foundation will be sponsoring the event. Proceeds will fund obesity research. Obesity
      is the fastest growing cause of death and disease in the United States. Provided contact
      information;
   Announced that the 20th Annual Christopher Columbus Celebration will take place on Sunday,
      October 12, 2008 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Peterstown Country Club located in Elizabeth.
      Tickets are selling for $40 per person. There is a senior citizen discount of $35 per person.
      Provided contact information.

Deputy Mayor David W. Robinson
    Commended the youths that attended tonight’s meeting to show their support for the
       construction of a skate park. Mentioned that the skeet range in Lenape Park was a previously
       suggested location for a dual use park. Highly recommends that this location be considered;
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        Discussed the new TV35online feature that has been added to the TV35 webpage. Has had the
         opportunity to visit the website. Strongly encourages residents to visit the website;
        Announced that on Monday, September 29, 2008 the “Pub Crawl”, which is a fundraising event
         for the Veteran flagpole, will be held at 7:00 pm at the Garlic Rose. Encouraged residents to
         attend and show their support;
        Announced that the next Cranford Athletic Turf (CAT) Fund meeting will be held on Thursday,
         October 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm in the Lincoln Avenue School boardroom. The last CAT Fund
         meeting was very productive. Banners will be displayed at the High School football games as
         part of the fundraising effort. Thanked Sign Source for contributing to the fundraising effort.
         Also thanked the Athletic Director at Cranford High School and all the volunteers for their hard
         work. Encouraged everyone to get involved. Hopeful that this initiative will take place by next
         year at no additional cost to the tax payers;
        Discussed the Township’s receipt of the 2009 pension bill. Last year the State mandated increase
         was approximately $613,000. In 2009 the municipal budget portion will be increased by
         approximately $163,000. Glad to see that State mandated pension costs have decreased. Assured
         residents the Township Committee will continue to control municipal spending.

Mayor Robert I. Puhak
   Discussed the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). A meeting between the Township
       Attorney, Township Administrator, Township Planner, himself and COAH officials has been
       scheduled for Thursday, September 25, 2008 in Trenton. Discussed an investigation regarding
       the State’s vacant land survey, which incorrectly identified approximately 219 acres of vacant
       buildable land within the Cranford community. A third party was commissioned by the
       Township Committee to conduct an independent study which revealed that Cranford housed less
       than 11 acres of vacant buildable land. The goal of the Township Committee is for Cranford to
       receive State certification for the Fair Share Housing Plan;
   Discussed the Riverfront Redevelopment Plan. At the last Township Committee meeting an
       Interim Cost Agreement was approved designating Garden Homes, Inc. as the developer.
       Explained that an escrow fund was established for Township studies to be conducted, which
       Garden Homes, Inc. would be responsible for. Feels this process has a direct impact on the
       negotiations of the project. Discussed various issues that are currently being address by the
       Riverfront Redevelopment sub-committee. The Township Committee and Riverfront
       Redevelopment subcommittee are pleased with the progress although there is still a considerable
       amount of work to be done. Will keep the public notified accordingly. Hopeful that another
       public presentation will be held in mid October;
   Announced that St. Michael’s Church will be celebrating the “Feast of St. Michael” from
       Thursday, September 25, 2008 through Sunday, September 28, 2008. The festival will be held
       on the grounds of St. Michael’s School. Various entertainment and food vendors will be
       included;
   Announced that the Jersey Central Arts Studio will be holding a fundraising event on Saturday,
       September 27, 2008 from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm at 221 Orchard Street in Cranford. Live
       entertainment, food vendors and a silent auction will be included. The proceeds will be used
       towards the establishment of a visual arts center in the downtown, which would offer affordable
       artist studio space as well as a market for the purchase of art by the public. Feels this is a unique
       offering for Cranford. Provided contact information for those interested in purchasing tickets;
   Congratulated the Killkenny House located on South Avenue on its grand opening in the
       downtown. Attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 19, 2008. It is a terrific
       Irish pub with fine atmosphere.

On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the Township
Committee adjourned at 8:59 PM.

                                                                  Respectfully submitted,


                                                                  __________________________
                                                                  Heather Dalesandris, RMC
                                                                  Deputy Township Clerk
Date: September 23, 2008

				
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