Planning Board Minutes 11/18/2010

November 18, 2010

The meeting began with an affirmation of the Open Public Meetings Act.� The schedule of meetings is on file in the Borough Clerks� office, was posted on the bulletin board, and has been mailed to the Cranford Chronicle, the Kenilworth Leader, and the Star Ledger.� All present recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The Board approved the October 28, 2010 minutes.� Approval was given to pay the Recording Secretary.

Roll Call:� Present:, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Picerno, Ms. Bogus, Mr. Pantina, Mr. Sica, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Cuppari, Mr. Manee, Mr. Candarella, and Mr. Cammarota.

Absent and excused: Mr. Murphy

Communications:Ms. Bogus received a fax, dated 10/27/10, RE: the Ross Brothers application (#7-10), requesting it be withdrawn.� She noted a follow-up letter was sent from the building department to confirm this applicants� request to withdraw.

Master Plan: Mr. Lepore announced the December 2, 2010, at 7 p.m., Planning Board Workshop will be open to the public to discuss and review the new Master Plan.� The Master Plan will be scheduled for a vote at the regular Planning Board meeting on� December 16, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.� Mr. O�Brien noted all members will receive the Master Plan via e-mail and hard copies will also be available at Borough Hall for review.

Resolutions:�� Application #8-10 & #319, �� Sprint/Nextel, RE: Bramson, 201 S. 31st Street, Block 178, Lot 6, Site Plan and Variance, Upgrade existing wireless facility and sideyard setback.

A motion to approve this resolution was made by Mr. Sica, 2nd by Mr. Pugliese.� All in favor: Mr. Sica, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Manee, and Mr. Cuppari.

New Business:Application # 320 & #10-10, ��NTM Properties,��������������������������������������� RE: 100-124 N. 12th Street, Block 59, Lots 1,2,3; Block 58, Lot 4; Block 56, Lots 14-17 &9.01� Site Plan/ Use Variance/ Parking variance �Lincoln Service to warehouse & repair industrial products in an Industrial zone.

Mr. Candarella and Mr.� Cammarota were recused, since they may not vote on Use Variances.�

Mr. Joseph Paparo, Attorney, represented this applicant.� This site was the former National Tool site.� Lincoln Equiptment Service engages in the warehousing and service of industrial sweepers and other industrial equiptment.

A former request to reverse the zoning officers� decision was made in August, 2010.� This resulted in denial to reverse his decision, and it is now necessary to request a site plan and Use variance.� A parking variance is also required.� This site and use can adequately accommodate far less parking spaces than required by the zoning law square footage.� Lincoln Service is enviornmentally friendly and is a proper use for this location.

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Sworn in:� Mr. Joseph Rowe, representative of Lincoln Service. �He passed out brochures to the Board members that explained the function of the company.� This facility is presently located in Union; his business requires a smaller building than it now occupies.�

It is not a retail business.� The machines are delivered to the customers.� The equiptment is serviced at the customers� site.� Seventy percent of the business is used for Industrial sweepers and scrubbers.� Thirty percent of the space is used to warehouse other small utility vehicles.� The business uses five employees; the hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays only.�

The detergents used in the scrubbers are bio-degradable; the vehicles use electric, not gas.� They are not a contractor cleaner business.� They do have some rental machines, used for demo purposes.� The building has an indoor loading dock.

Mr. Pantina asked if any repair work would be made outside of the building.� All repairs are made inside the building; the largest sweeper is only ten feet long.

The parts department is located in Conneticut, which are sent dircetly to the customer.� It is not a retail business.� Mr. Rowe feels that the parking is more than sufficient at this site for this business.� He has never had a noise complaint from neighbors.�� He does not store chemicals.� Most vehicles are electric or propane.� The building has proper ventilation.

Sworn in:� James Masternardi, Architect and consultant, residing in Kenilworth.� He explained 100-124 North 12th Street is located in an Industrial zone; it has a large buffer.� This warehouse has not been used for some time; the last use employed 95 people, and it closed in 2005.� New businesses are beneficial to the community.� About 248 parking spaces are required by Ordinance.� The 193 parking spaces provided are more than adequate. There are only five employees.� Five loading spaces are available; four loading spaces are required.� Two of these docks were not clearly shown on an architectural plan. The chairman and vice-chairman suggested the plan be modified to show these docks.� Mr. O�Brien said this particular applicant will have their loading dock inside the warehouse.�

�Mr. Tripodi noted that another succeeding tenant (change in occupancy) must come before the Board for a parking (and any other) variance.�

Mr. Masernardi said this use is not detrimental to the public good, has no impact on traffic, no noise problems, or pollutants.� It is not a commercial use.�

Mr. Lepore suggested any debris around the building and surrounding swale be removed.� Mr. Paparo said NTM would not object to cleaning up the site and provide a buffer.� Mature trees are already present.�

Mr. Masternardi said he reviewed Mr. O�Briens� report; he will work with the planner on the required handicapped spaces and placement of the dumpster.�

Sworn in:� Mr. William Zeus, Jr., president of NTM properties.� He said the gate is closed and locked at night.� He will provide the ADA handicapped parking space.� The rubble will be removed, and the abandoned trailers will be cleared away.� If the owner of these trailers does not come back to remove them, Mr. Zeus will remove the trailers.� He will replace needed evergreens.� There will be no additional site lighting.

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� A 3� x 4� sign will conform� to Borough ordinances.� This applicant will have a dumpster inside of the building.� The Planning Board engineer sees no problems with drainage.�

The meeting was opened to the public.� Sworn in:� Bernadine Giliane, nearby resident.

She asked about access to the lot and waste products.� Trucks will enter on 12th Street.� Solid waste will be disposed of properly and no liquid waste will run out into the parking lot.�

Sworn in:� Donna Frank, resident.� She requested to see the architectural plan and which area of the building Lincoln would be located.�

The attorney, Mr. Paparo, said his client will comply with all necessary demands of the Board.� Mr. Tripodi, Board attorney, said a Use variance, a bulk variance, and site plan and waivers will be included in this resolution.�

Mr. O�Brien reviewed the topics that were discussed: access to be shown on the site plan, as well as sinage and a handicapped space.�� Clean-up (within 90 days), trailer removal, and landscaping buffer must be included in the resolution.�

A motion to approve this application to resolution, with the conditions of the Board Planner, was made by Mr.� Pugliese, 2nd by Mr. Sica.� All in favor: Mr. Lepore,, Mr. Picerno, Ms. Bogus, Mr. Pantina, Mr. Sica, Mr. Pugliese, and Mr. Manee.

Application # 321 & #9-10,� DIVSPEC, RE: 605 Springfield Road, Block 3, Lot 8.02

Site plan/ Parking/ Other Variances-- in existing non-forming building.

Mr. Stephen Hehl is the attorney for DIVSPEC.� This applicant produces electric components and fastners.� An existing minor side yard variance is required.� He reviewed Mr. O�Briens� comments.

Sworn in:� Mr. Ed Tomcheck, 31-year resident of Kenilworth and president of

DIVSPEC.� This company sells bolts, nuts, fittings, and twenty foot struts.� The hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.� There will be fourteen employees (two will be on-the-road).� UPS, one weekly container, and some other trucks will access the lot.� Once a month, broken palates are removed.� Propane tanks are caged.� The sixteen parking spaces are going to increase to twenty-five spaces.� It is a wholesale operation.� Three vans and a flatbed are owned by the company.�

Sworn in:� Mr. Ed Dec, engineer.� The actual address of this business is: 4 Mark Road.� It is in an Industrial complex.� He showed an aerial view of the site.� A trailer on the property will be removed.� He pointed out an auxiliary access point in a permanent easement.�� The proposed building will be 30� x 75�.� A handicapped space and twenty-five parking spaces will be on site (25 are required).� The water run-off will not be compromised.� The dumpster area will be enclosed.� No signage is proposed.� The building will not have gas, electric, or water; it will be used for storage only.� A loading area will comply with ordinances.� The aisle width will be increased from 21� to 26�.� The plan was improved and revised and include no requests for new variances.� The existing, non-conforming 4.82� setback needs a variance (5� is required).� He addressed the Board planners� comments, including the proposed enclosed dumpster and site debris removal.�

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Mr. Lepore said the applicant must maintain the site and revise the site plan to include the new changes.� The Board engineer said the applicant will accept responsibility to maintain the sewer site.�

A motion to approve this application to resolution was made by Mr. Pugliese, 2nd by Mr. Sica.� All in favor:� Mr. Lepore, Mr. Picerno, Ms. Bogus, Mr. Pantina, Mr. Sica, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Manee, Mr. Candarella, and Mr. Cammarota.�

Comments for the Good of the Board�� Mr. Lepore requested the Board members read over the Master Plan and attend the December 2nd work session for discussion and finalization. This work session will be open to the public.� The� Master Plan will be voted on at the December 16, 2010 meeting.

Comments from the Public:There were no comments.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet M. Murphy,

Planning Board Recording Secretary

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