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					       The Minutes of the Conference Meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of
Cranford, County of Union, State of New Jersey on April 25, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. in Room 108.

THIS MEETING IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE “OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT” AS
ADEQUATE NOTICE OF THIS MEETING HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY FAXING THE ANNUAL
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS TO THE CRANFORD CHRONICLE, THE CRANFORD EAGLE, 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 Daniel J. Aschenbach
                Deputy Mayor George T. McDonough
                Commissioner George J. Jorn
                Commissioner Michael A. Plick
                Commissioner Robert I. Puhak
Absent:         None

Leslie Murray represented the Cranford Chronicle. Paul Greulich represented the Cranford Eagle. There
were 17 members of the public present.

Review Revised Official Meeting Agenda

2006 Municipal Budget
On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Deputy Mayor McDonough and passed the Township
Committee scheduled a Special Meeting for May 2, 2006 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM to discuss the
Capital Improvement Budget.
Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Aschenbach, Deputy Mayor McDonough, Commissioners Jorn, Plick and Puhak
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: None

Proposed ordinance for the acquisition of property on Park Drive
Mayor Aschenbach discussed the proposed pump station in connection with Phase 5 of the Northeast
Quadrant Stormwater Management Project. Explained that property currently for sale on Park Drive is
the choice location for the pump station. Stated that he understands that the property has been sold and
is ready to close, but feels that if action is not taken now, the Township would have to move forward
with eminent domain. Feels that moving forward at this time is the right thing to do for the Township.
Discussed the benefits this project has for the area.

Deputy Mayor McDonough stated that he is not convinced that the Township needs to move forward
with the purchase of the property at this time.

Mayor Aschenbach opened the floor for public comments regarding this matter.

Ann Stemmer, owner of Park Drive property, explained that she only became aware of the Township’s
interest in her property at 6:00 PM this evening. Explained that the property has been sold and the
closing is scheduled to occur in two (2) days. Stated that she is distraught and feels overwhelmed,
explaining that there are two (2) other closings involved in the transaction. Also stated that she faces a
potential legal suit by the purchaser. Pleaded with the Township Committee to reconsider the
acquisition of her property at this late date, stating that her possessions have been packed or sold and
she is ready to move.

Robert Redimbas, buyer of Park Drive property, stated that he is very concerned as to the Township
Committee’s actions. Seeking information as to the time table regarding this issue.

Tracy Stemmer, daughter of property owner, spoke of her mother’s financial hardship and her need to
sell her home on Park Drive. Asked why the pump station could not be located on public property.
Made an emotional plea to the Township Committee, asking them not to move forward with the
purchase of her mother’s property for the pump station.

Mayor Aschenbach stated that the intent is not to harm the buyer or seller of the property, explaining
that the consulting engineer for the flood control project has recommended this property as a prime
location for the pump station.

Deputy Mayor McDonough feels that it is wrong for the Township Committee to move forward with
the purchase. Feels the closing of the sale should occur.
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       Bob Milkosky, Arnet Place, stated that the “for sale” sign was posted on the property. Quested why the
       Township Engineer or Township Administrator did not notify the owners earlier as to the township’s
       interest in acquiring the property.

       Commissioner Jorn feels it is wrong for the Township to move forward with the purchase of the
       property.

       Deputy Mayor McDonough and Commissioners Jorn, Plick and Puhak do not support moving forward
       the Township’s purchase of the property, and resolved that no further action will be taken at this time.

       PUBLIC COMMENTS
       Mayor Aschenbach opened the public comments portion of the meeting and asked if there were any
       questions or comments. Hearing no comments, Mayor Aschenbach closed the public comment portion
       of the meeting.

       The Township Committee moved to Council Chambers at 8:30 PM to conduct the Official Meeting.

                                                        Respectfully submitted,



                                                        Rosalie Hellenbrecht, RMC
       Dated: April 25, 2006                            Municipal Clerk

				
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