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					       The Minutes of the Workshop Meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford,
County of Union, State of New Jersey on August 11, 2008 at 7:30 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, 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

Absent:         Commissioner Mark C. Smith

There were five (5) members of the public present. Leslie Murray represented the Cranford Chronicle and
Paul Greulich represented Union County Local Source.

PAYMENT OF BILLS
Deputy Mayor Robinson requested an update regarding the potential reimbursement from the State
of New Jersey for costs incurred from the Presidential Primary Election.

Township Clerk Rowley informed the Township Committee that no reimbursement has been
provided to date.

Commissioner Plick seeking clarification concerning the purchase of fire safety equipment.

Township Administrator Schmid to follow up with Fire Chief Dolan. Further discussion during the
August 12, 2008 Conference Meeting.

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

Leo McMahon, 405 Denman Road, discussed the Master Plan update to be provided to the Township
Committee. Discussed the cost associated with the project and the delay in the process. Feels the
Township Committee has a responsibility to demand results from the Planning Board and its consulting
planner.

Barbara Krause, 20 Pittsfield Street, spoke on behalf of the Airplane Noise Committee. Seeking an update
from Mayor Puhak concerning the Airplane Noise Committee’s request to attend a meeting of the Union
County League of Municipalities.

Mayor Puhak informed Mrs. Krause that a meeting date has been scheduled and he is currently waiting
for responses from members as to their availability.

Mrs. Krause discussed the parking ordinances scheduled for adoption on August 12, 2008. Discussed
parking issues in the Cranford High School neighborhoods and feels relief is needed in that area.

Mrs. Krause also discussed the establishment of an Arts Council. Suggested that a representative of the
Cranford Community Theater be included on the council. Expressed concern that the Arts Center will be
subsidized with taxpayer funds.

Mayor Puhak confirmed that taxpayer funds would not be used to subsidize the Arts Center and discussed
attempts to obtain funding through grant programs.

Mrs. Krause discussed a recent newspaper article concerning the Raritan Valley Railroad and the
transportation of materials from the Linden Refinery. Seeking clarification as to the impact to Cranford.

Deputy Mayor Robinson explained that Cranford would not be utilized as a depot, but material would be
transported through Cranford.

Mrs. Krause discussed the Hanson House and the need for repairs. Referenced a recent newspaper article
that reported on repairs to a historic structure in Westfield.
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Township Administrator Schmid discussed grant funds awarded to the Cranford Historical Society for
repairs to the Hanson House. Through this grant program, a historical architect has been hired to conduct
a review of the Hanson House and a report is expected in mid-September.

Mrs. Krause commended the Township Committee on the appointment of Mark Cassidy as Municipal
Judge.

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

Review August 12, 2008 Official Meeting Agenda

Ordinance No. 2008-29:
Deputy Mayor Robinson discussed Ordinance No. 2008-29 which would authorize an amendment to
Chapter 136 with respect to stormwater Management. Explained that residents have expressed
concern as to the burden that would be placed on homeowners if this ordinance were adopted and
suggested the adoption be carried to the meeting of September 9, 2008.

The Township Committee was agreeable. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2008-29 to be carried to
September 9, 2008.

Township Administrator Schmid discussed the delay in the adoption of Ordinance No. 2008-29. Seeking
clarification as to the impact to the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority’s (RVSA) request for Cranford’s consent of
RVSA’s proposed Wastewater Management Plan.

Township Engineer Marsden to follow up with RVSA.

All remaining items approved for action.

On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, the Township
Committee adopted the following resolution by roll call vote:

Resolution No. 2008-80A.34:
BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee will go into closed session to discuss contractual
matters regarding the Cranford Community Center and the Riverfront Redevelopment Project, the
minutes of which will be released at some time in the future at the discretion of the Township Committee:

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

On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Commissioner Garcia and passed, the Township
Committee returned to open session at 9:55 PM.

Riverfront Redevelopment Project (continued discussion that began in closed session)
Mayor Puhak discussed revisions to Garden Homes’ PowerPoint presentation to be linked to the
Township’s website.

Deputy Mayor Robinson discussed Garden Homes’ presentation. Seeking clarification regarding the
calculation of the Transit Node Reduction.

Anthony DiGiovanni of Garden Homes explained that the permitted reduction is a range, and that
Garden Homes utilized the high end of the range in its calculation of the parking requirement.

The Township Committee was agreeable to the revised presentation being linked to the Township’s
website. A “cover” page for the presentation to be created by Mr. DiGiovanni and provided to the
Township Clerk for follow up discussion during the August 12, 2008 Conference Meeting.

Update re: status of COAH and Fair Share Housing Plan
Stan Slachetka of T&M Associates provided an update concerning COAH regulations, including
Regional Contribution agreements, bonuses provided in connection with transit village designations,
and the percentage of units that must be provided to low income individuals. Explained that it has
been difficult to develop a Fair Share plan because the regulations are continuously changing,
however COAH has established an adjustment mechanism for municipalities to utilize in calculating
its Fair Share plan.
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Mr. Slachetka then explained that the next step in the process is for the Township Committee to
decide upon a compliance mechanism. Informed the Township Committee that his main concern
with respect to the new regulations relates to growth share and how it is estimated by COAH.
Explained that COAH is estimating growth share by the number of Certificates of Occupancy (CO)
issued by a municipality, regardless of the type of CO. Therefore, a CO issued for the renovation of
an existing home or for the construction of a new home as a result of a tear down would impact a
municipality’s growth share. Stated that COAH has indicated that it would consider differentiating
between the types of CO’s issued, but he is not certain when this would happen. Discussed the need
to “re-run” numbers and determine a realistic plan. Feels there is a gap to fill and the Township
Committee must decide which of COAH’s mechanisms to utilize to fill that gap.

Mayor Puhak discussed the proposed schedule for completion of the housing plan as outlined by Mr.
Slachetka.

Mr. Slachetka feels a subcommittee should be established to work with him on this matter.
Suggested it be comprised of one (1) member of the Township Committee and three (3) members of
the Planning Board.

Mayor Puhak discussed the need for a Fair Share Housing Plan in order for the Township to obtain
substantive certification.

Deputy Mayor Robinson seeking clarification as to potential participation by Union County in
connection with the rehabilitation portion of the obligation.

Mr. Slachetka explained that the County program must offer rental units in order for it to be
acceptable for rehabilitation. Stated that he would follow up with the County.

Discussion held regarding the twenty percent (20%) set aside requirement.

Mayor Puhak suggested Commissioner Smith be included in the subcommittee to work with Mr.
Slachetka.

Further discussion necessary.

Request by Cranford West Committee to extend Cranford West season

Kathie Monte, Cranford West Committee, discussed the Cranford West Committee’s request to
extend the season. Explained that the facility would only be open if directors for the additional
weekends are available.

Township Committee agreeable to the request to extend the season.

Request by Rahway River Association for permanent preservation of the Conservation Center
Dennis Miranda of the Rahway River Association discussed a request to preserve the Cranford
Conservation Center as open space.

Mayor Puhak stated that the Township Committee supports the preservation of property but has
concerns with designating the Conservation Center as Green Acres property at this time. Discussed
the flood control project and the need for the Township to maintain flexibility with respect to Green
Acres’ requirements.

Deputy Mayor Robinson feels the Township will expose itself to further bureaucracy if it agrees to
move forward with this request. Discussed a Green Acres issue the Township encountered in
connection with the High Street/Baldwin Court Footbridge.

Mr. Miranda feels designating the property as Green Acres would protect the property from
development in the future.

Mayor Puhak discussed the need to address the issue of open space preservation while maintaining
the Township’s need for flexibility with regard to flood control. Informed Mr. Miranda that the
Township Committee would welcome a suggestion by the Rahway River Association in this regard.

Mr. Miranda stated that he was unaware of the difficulties the Township has encountered with Green
Acres in the past.

Deputy Mayor Robinson and Mr. Miranda to discuss the matter further.
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Downtown Maintenance

Eastman Plaza - shrubs
Township Administrator Schmid informed the Township Committee that the holly bushes at
Eastman Plaza would be trimmed in early fall along with any other trimming that is needed.

Eastman Plaza Re-grouting of bluestone joints
Township Administrator Schmid provided an update concerning the re-grouting of bluestone joints
at Eastman Plaza. Informed the Township Committee that the Department of Public Works would
reset the joints as its schedule permits.

Eastman Plaza sprinkler system
Township Administrator Schmid informed the Township Committee that the sprinkler system at
Eastman Plaza has been repaired and is currently operating.

Streetscape paver replacement
Township Administrator Schmid discussed the status of the replacement of pavers in the downtown.
Stated that bids for this project were received on August 7, 2008 and a resolution authorizing an
award of contract is scheduled for adoption by the Township Committee on August 12, 2008 Official
Meeting.

Wo Lee Laundry Building
Township Administrator Schmid discussed the issue concerning the window at Wo Lee Laundry.
Stated that the judge found the property owner guilty and levied a $200 fine along with $35 for court
costs. The property owner has one month to replace the widow and Construction Code Official
Belluscio would follow-up.

Rear of buildings adjacent to Municipal Lot No. 7
Township Administrator Schmid stated that Health Officer Hehl has visited the various buildings
adjacent to Municipal Lot No. 7 and is maintaining a log. Feels the situation is gradually improving.

Township Attorney Woodward stated that he would prepare an agreement concerning maintenance
of Lot 7 provided that all impacted business owners are willing to execute such an agreement.
Township Administrator Schmid to contact DMC Director Prunty and request that she handle the
matter.

Commissioner Plick discussed an ongoing issue with litter in Municipal Lot 7. Feels additional
enforcement is necessary.

Lehigh Avenue Service Station
Township Administrator Schmid discussed the property maintenance issue at the Lehigh Avenue
Service Station. Explained that the property owner has been cited several times and abatement occurs
during the grace period. However, because the property owner does the minimum amount of
maintenance required, another citation is issued shortly thereafter. Feels a grace period should not be
provided to chronic offenders.

Township Attorney Woodward suggested the grace period be reduced from sixty (60) days to thirty
(30) days to address the issue with chronic offenders.

Ordinance to be introduced at the September 9, 2008 Official Meeting.

Property maintenance issues at Calderone Building
Township Administrator Schmid discussed property maintenance issues at the Calderone Building.
Informed the Township Committee that Health Officer Hehl visited the site and noted some
overgrown vegetation along the edges of the parking lot and perimeter plantings. Health Officer Hehl
revisited the location and the matter had been abated.

Engineering Update

Community Rating System
Township Engineer Marsden informed the Township Committee that work has begun on the
Community Rating System and an update would be provided to the Flood Control Advisory Board.

High Street/Baldwin Court Footbridge
Township Engineer Marsden informed the Township Committee that the replacement of High
Street/Baldwin Court Footbridge should be completed by the end of September.
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Post Office Plaza Project
Township Engineer Marsden discussed the status of the Post Office Plaza Project. Stated that the
Department of Public Works has cleared the area and the work should begin August 18, 2008.

Pump House
Township Engineer Marsden discussed the status of the Pump House and the need for a change
order. Resolution authorizing the change order to be adopted August 12, 2008.

Walnut Avenue Underpass
Township Engineer Marsden informed the Township Committee that bids for reconstruction of the
Walnut Avenue Underpass were received on August 7, 2008. Resolution authorizing an award of
contract for the project is scheduled for adoption on August 12, 2008.

Dike Repair
Discussion held regarding the dike repairs needed as a result of the 2007 Nor’easter.

Township Engineer Marsden feels the Township should move forward with the project regardless of
whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimburses the Township for the
cost.

Deputy Mayor Robinson does not feel the Township should move forward with the project. Feels
any opportunity for a reimbursement from FEMA would be jeopardized if the Township moves
forward. Feels the County should be requested to contact FEMA.

Update to be provided at the September 8, 2008 Workshop Meeting.

Proposed resolution re: RVSA Wastewater Management Plan
Township Engineer Marsden discussed the Wastewater Management Plan proposed by RVSA.
Stated that he supports the plan, but does not feel the Township Committee should not move forward
with a resolution consenting to it until the Township adopts a Stormwater Management Plan.

Northeast Quadrant Stormwater Management Project – proposal by Hatch Mott MacDonald
for design of Phase 5A (Express Sewer)
Township Engineer Marsden discussed a proposal submitted by Hatch Mott MacDonald in
connection with the design of Phase 5A of the Northeast Quadrant Stormwater Management Project.

Township Committee agreeable to moving forward with the proposal.

Resolution authorizing the award of contract to be adopted on September 9, 2008.

Update regarding Veterans Flagpole
Township Engineer Marsden discussed the schedule for the refurbishment of the Veteran’s flagpole.
Informed the Township Committee that the original commemorating plaque was found and is being
stored in the Engineer’s office.

Email/Correspondence

Resolution in support of S-1785, establishing “Court Security Enhancement Fund”
Township Administrator Schmid discussed court security improvements being mandated by the State
of New Jersey. Explained that the proposed resolution conveys support for the establishment a Court
Security Enhancement Fund which would be financed by increasing court fees, assessments and
penalties. The funds would then be distributed to participating municipalities to offset the cost for
mandated security improvements.

Mayor Puhak feels the proposed program is vague and expressed concern that the Township would
not receive its fair share.

No action to be taken by the Township Committee.

Recommendation of DMC Review Committee, Commissioner Plick
Commissioner Plick discussed the study of the DMC conducted by the DMC Review Committee and
the recommendations it presented to the Township Committee. Feels the Township Committee must
determine the next step in this process. Discussed DMC Director Prunty’s desire to meet with
individual members of the Township Committee to provide her input.
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Mayor Puhak suggested that all the Township Committee members contact DMC Director Prunty.
Discussed shortfalls in the process with regard to the DMC Review Committee. Feels these shortfalls
are attributed to the number of people who volunteered for the committee because it was very
limited.

Commissioner Plick discussed the need for the Township Committee to support the DMC
figuratively and financially. Feels the DMC also needs human resource support. Does not agree with
the DMC Review Committee’s recommendation to create a bi-partisan working group.

Discussion held regarding the creation of a job description for the DMC Director.

Mayor Puhak discussed the various recommendations provided by the DMC Review Committee.
Feels it needs to be developed into something more tangible.

Acting Township Attorney Fisher suggested DMC Director Prunty be directed to respond to the
recommendations and present her response to Commissioner Plick. Does not feel the Township
Committee should meet with DMC Director Prunty individually.

The Township Committee was agreeable to Mr. Fisher’s recommendation. Update to be provided at
the September 8, 2008 Workshop Meeting.

COMMISSIONER REPORTS

Commissioner Garcia

Cranford.com eNewsletter – Summer Edition
Commissioner Garcia discussed the eNewsletter that is currently available through Cranford.com.
Feels it could be a useful tool for keeping the public informed of Township projects and events.
Explained that individuals must be registered to receive the newsletter. Stated that she would make
an announcement at the August 12, 2008 Official Meeting to inform residents of the newsletter and
the need to register.

Mayor Puhak

WPA Mural Paintings
Mayor Puhak informed the Township Committee that he has scheduled a meeting with a framer, the
Township Historian, and other individuals regarding efforts to relocate the historical murals from
Cranford High School to the Municipal Building.

Review August 12, 2008 Official Meeting (continued)

Parking ordinances in connection with Elise Street
Commissioner Plick discussed the parking restrictions proposed for Elise Street. Informed the Township
Committee that there are plans to build additional homes on Elise Street. The Police Department feels
parking restrictions are necessary because issues currently exist with employee and commuter parking,
and the addition of new homes will only worsen the situation.

The Township Committee was agreeable. Ordinances to be adopted August 12, 2008.

Ordinance No. 2008-30
Commissioner Garcia discussed Ordinance No. 2008-30 which authorizes the election of a Charter
Commission to study the charter of the Township and consider a new charter. Informed the Township
Committee that Commissioner Smith is requesting that the Township Committee reconsider adoption of
the ordinance.

Discussion ensued.

Deputy Mayor Robinson and Commissioner Plick support moving forward with the ordinance.

Commissioner Garcia does not support the ordinance.

Mayor Puhak feels he needs additional time to consider the matter and would inform the Township
Committee of his decision on August 12, 2008.

Resolution No. 2008-250
Mayor Puhak discussed Resolution No. 2008-250 which authorizes application to the US
Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, in connection with the 2008
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Technology Grant Program. Discussed the grant and the potential utilization of funds per
requirements of the program.

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

Barbara Krause, 20 Pittsfield Street, discussed property adjacent to the Pepperidge Tree and
informed the Township Committee that it is currently for sale. Discussed the fact that the Pepperidge
Tree is a Township landmark and expressed concern for its protection. Feels this should be
investigated.

Commissioner Garcia to follow up.

Mrs. Krause also discussed the DMC Review Report. Feels the function and purpose of the DMC
must be specified.

Mrs. Krause then discussed the Stormwater Management Ordinance and the problem with
impervious surface coverage. Feels the Township Committee needs to address the issue.

Lastly, Mrs. Krause discussed the establishment of a Charter Study Commission. Feels the public
needs a better understanding of the process before moving forward.

Rita LaBrutto, 104 Arlington Road, volunteered for the working group suggested by Stan Slachetka
in connection with the Township’s Fair Share Plan.

Ms. LaBrutto also discussed the DMC Review Committee. Feels the DMC should be involved with
redevelopment because it impacts development currently taking place downtown.

Ms. LaBrutto discussed the public presentation by Garden Homes. Expressed concern with the
parking analysis that was presented.

Lastly, Ms. LaBrutto discussed the establishment of a Charter Study Commission. Feels the public
needs to be educated prior to the election in order to understand what is involved.

On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, the Township
Committee adopted the following resolution by roll call vote:

Resolution No. 2008-80A.34:
BE IT RESOLVED that the Township Committee will go into closed session to discuss the following,
the minutes of which will be released at some time in the future at the discretion of the Township
Committee:
Personnel Matters
     Municipal Court
     Appointment to Library Board of Trustees
Legal Matters
     Cranford Building Associates v. Township of Cranford
     Lehigh Acquisition v. Township of Cranford
     Health insurance co-pay grievances
Contractual Matters
     Township Attorney services
     Gallows Hill Brook Retaining Wall
     Police Department
Minute Review
     Closed Session Minutes of July 14 and 15, 2008

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

On motion of Commissioner Garcia, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, the Township
Committee returned to open session at 1:10 AM.
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Minute Approval
On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, the Closed
Session Minutes of July 14 and 15, 2008 were approved by indicated vote of the Township
Committee.
Recorded vote:
Aye: Mayor Puhak, Deputy Mayor Robinson, Commissioners Garcia and Plick
Nay: None
Abstained: None
Absent: Commissioner Smith

On motion of Commissioner Plick, seconded by Deputy Mayor Robinson and passed, the Township
Committee adjourned at 1:10 AM.

                                                    Respectfully submitted,


                                                    Tara Rowley, RMC
Dated: August 11, 2008                              Municipal Clerk

				
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