March 15, 2011
A regular meeting of the Egg Harbor City Planning Board was held March 15, 2011, at 7:15 with Chairman Gary Mueller presiding. Members in attendance were Vice Chairman Dick Colby, Council Member Edward Dennis, City Official Chester Breder, Regular Members Miriam Mueller, Dennis McKenna, Alternate #1 John Camillo, Solicitor Jack Matthews, City Planner Tim Michel and Engineer Anthony Cavallo and Secretary Donna Heffley (Not present were Mayor Joseph Kuehner and Alternate #2 Jack Peterson).
Roll Call: Mr. Breder yes, Mr. McKenna yes, Mrs. Mueller yes, Mr. Dennis yes, Mr. Colby yes, Mr. Mueller yes, Mr. Camillo yes, Mr. Matthews yes, Mr. Michel yes, Mr. Cavallo yesand Donna Heffley yes. The Chairman called the meeting to order and made the following announcement:
This meeting was advertised pursuant to the NJ Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 seq. Notices were sent to official publications for the Planning Board; The Press of Atlantic City, The Egg Harbor News and the Atlantic Current. A copy of the notice was posted on the bulletin board of the Egg Harbor City Municipal Building.
The Chairman directed the Secretary to enter this public announcement into the minutes.
Approval of Minutes: The February 15, 2011 minutes were approved upon motion made by Mr. Colby, seconded by Mrs. Mueller and carried.
Approval of Resolutions: none
New Business: 11-01PB
Block 314, Lot 1
Maressa-Patterson, LLC who serve as Legal Counsel to Conifer Realty, LLC requested a postponement on the above application due to necessary revisions that are to be made to the Engineering Plans. The postponement is until the April Planning Board Meeting.
Other Business: Mr. Michel updated the Board on Egg Harbor North Redevelopment Plan. The Egg Harbor North Redevelopment Plan Phase One was submitted to Pinelands and they responded back with a letter stating they found some deficiencies and were asking questions about the development. Mr. Michel saw the need to revise the plan to give the Pinelands Commission a better understanding with respect to the design and development. Mr. Michel addressed these revisions and modified the Redevelopment Plan accordingly and then reviewed them with the Pinelands Commission and received an endorsement. Once the final revisions are sent back to Pinelands Mr. Michel is confident they will be approved as an adopted ordinance. This Ordinance was introduced at the last City Council Meeting and referred by Council to the Planning Board as required by law. Once reviewed by the Planning Board, they will make the recommendation to City Council for adoption. The Amended Redevelopment Plan for the Egg Harbor North Rehabilitation Area was distributed to Members and Professionals prior to the meeting. Mr. Michel reviewed these revisions with the Board.
The Egg Harbor City Planning Board made a recommendation to Council to approve these revisions to the Egg Harbor North Rehabilitation Area.
Roll Call: Mr. Breder abstain, Mr. McKenna yes, Mrs. Mueller yes, Mr. Dennis yes, Mr. Colby yes, Mr. Mueller yes, and Mr. Camillo yes.
Council Report:The City met with the NJ State Police Representatives and Representatives from the Health Care Agency that work along with the State Police. The State Police had a facility in Cherry Hill and a contract with Virtua Hospital. Virtua Hospital has built a new facility on Route 73 and will no longer be working with the State Police. The hospital will have its own helicopter service. Cherry Hill would like the State Police to relocate out of the Community when their lease is up. They have approached Egg Harbor City for permission to possibly use our airfield as their headquarters for emergency services. Mr. Dennis discussed the benefits of this possibility and noted that future discussions and feedback are needed. Mr. Michel has been gathering data on heliports.
Mr. Dennis mentioned another inquiry the City had; whether we could locate in our industrial park a 50,000 square foot medical lab for the production of medical marijuana. This too is a topic that will need further discussion and more research.
Mr. Colby asked when the Demolition of the Rittenberg School will begin. Demolition will begin when all of the utilities have been disconnected. Mr. Cavallo said a demolition permit cannot be obtained until all utilities have be shut off and a disconnect letter from all utilities is received.
Mr. Colby asked about the Municipal Shade Tree Commission. Mr. Dennis noted the person in charge is Lisa Jiampetti and she is looking for someone who is interested in attending a class on the Shade Tree Commission and becoming certified. Mr. Dennis stated if anyone is interested please contact Lisa Jiampetti.
Mr. Mueller opened the meeting to the Public.
Elizabeth Surplus asked when Conifer Reality would be appearing so she could attend. Conifer is to appear at the next Planning Board Meeting scheduled for April 19, 2011. Ms. Surplus expressed her concerns about trash enclosures and signage for the new site. Mr. Dennis described what the area would look like. Mr. Dennis would like to see other people come out and express their concerns.
The Public Portion of the meeting was closed.
The Planning Board expressed their sympathy to the Peterson family for the loss of John Peterson Sr.
The meeting was adjourned upon motion made by Mrs. Mueller, seconded by Mr. Dennis, seconded by Mr. Camillo and Carried.