Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Planning Board Meeting Minutes 07/18/11

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Morris Plains Planning Board held on July 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 531 Speedwell Avenue. 

The following members were present: 

Present:                        Mr. Andre Jensen  

                                      Mrs. Sydney Leach, Vice Chair

                                      Mr. Ralph Lopez, Chair

                                      Mr. Leo Nichols  

                                       Mr. Hank Sawoski     

                                       Mr. Donald Underhill

                                       Mr. Raymond Zabihach   

                                       Mayor Frank Druetzler 

                                       Leon Hall, Borough Engineer                                                   

                                       Christopher Falcon, Board Attorney 

Absent:                        Mr. Vincent Novak

                                     William Denzler, Borough Planner  

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Lopez.  Mr. Lopez made the statement that adequate notice of this meeting has been published and posted in accordance with Chapter 231 of the Public Law of 1975, "Open Public Meetings Act." 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

Mr. Lopez opened the meeting to the public to speak on matters other than those on the agenda.  No comments were forthcoming, and this portion of the meeting was closed to the public. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES The Board Secretary advised there is a revision in that Mr. Schulz’s name should have been removed from the Roll Call. 

Mr. Nichols moved that the minutes of the June 20, 2011 Regular Meeting be approved as amended, seconded by Mrs. Leach.

Roll Call Yeas:        Mrs. Leach, Mr. Lopez, Mr. Nichols, Mr. Underhill, Mayor Druetzler 

Abstain:        Mr. Jensen, Mr. Sawoski, Mr. Zabihach 

Absent:        Mr. Novak     Nays:         None

Motion carried. 

CORRESPONDENCE AND BILLSMr. Nichols read the vouchers presented for payment:

William Denzler & Associates                             PO#86802                 $172.50   For Professional Services rendered to the Planning Board, April 2011

William Denzler & Associates                             PO#86807                 $201.25   For Professional Services rendered to the Planning Board, June 2011 

Maraziti, Falcon & Healey                                     PO#86803                 $875.00   For Professional Services rendered to the Planning Board, June 2011

Maraziti, Falcon & Healey                                     PO#86803                 $350.00   For Professional Services rendered to the Planning Board, May 2011 

Mr. Nichols moved that these vouchers as read be approved, seconded by Mr. Zabihach.

Roll Call Yeas:        Mr. Jensen, Mrs. Leach, Mr. Lopez, Mr. Nichols, Mr. Sawoski, Mr. Underhill, Mr. Zabihach, Mayor Druetzler 

Absent:        Mr. Novak    

Nays:         None

Motion carried. 

COMMITTEE REPORTS Minor Site Plan Committee·         No presentation – Nothing to report. 

Master Plan Review Committee·         No presentation – Nothing to report. 

NEW BUSINESSNone. 

OLD BUSINESSThe Board Secretary reported on the Escrow Report, except the Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson matter must still be resolved. Mr. Lopez thanked the Board Secretary for eliminating most of the outstanding matters. 

PB-1-11 – JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. – 573-599 Speedwell Avenue               Block:  65  Lots:  1,2,3 

Those Board members who recused themselves previously from the hearing in this matter, recused themselves again and left the meeting.  The members who left the meeting were Mr. Jensen, Mr. Sawoski, and Mr. Zabihach.  Mr. Novak who also recused himself from the hearing in this matter, was absent from this meeting. Mr. Lopez stated this matter is on tonight’s agenda for approval of the Resolution. Mr. Falcon read the Resolution to be approved. Mrs. Leach commented on issues relating to traffic control and pointed out that she did not think a revision was indeed made.  She also asked about the staging and wondered how it would be handled. Mayor Druetzler referred to (g) on Page 2 that is about signage on three building walls.   Mr. Hall responded that one signage item is just the Chase logo, on the elevation that faces the residential properties to the east.  This is shown on the plans. Mayor Druetzler believed that the wording in the Resolution could possibly allow additional signage than what was anticipated.  He next referred to Page 4, (7), he advised that Robert O’Brien was not at the meeting.   Mr. Falcon clarified that he meant to advise that Mr. O’Brien was at a meeting during the course of the proceedings.   Mayor Druetzer referred to Page 7 (5-f), he believes it should read “the removal of the tree and stump.”   Ms. Nancy Lottinville, attorney for the applicant, advised discussion has occurred between the applicant and Mr. O’Brien.  She provided details of the agreement negotiated between the applicant and Mr. O’Brien.  She anticipates there will be signed site plans prior to the demolition of the building.   Mr. Hall asked if the Developer’s Agreement approved and executed by then also.  He advised Ms. Lottinville to contact the Borough Attorney since she can usually review the typical Developer’s Agreement fairly quickly.   Ms. Lottinville provided additional information relating to this project. Mr. Hall advised that there needs to be another revision of the section of Resolution that requires the fence to be detailed and specified to be 4’ to the back corner of the structure and 6’ for the remaining length in accordance with discussion at this meeting.  The hedge along the property line shall be trimmed to 4’ and maintained at 4’.  At the 6’ section of the fence, the hedge could be higher. Mr. Lopez asked Mr. O’Brien if he is satisfied with the outcome.   Mr. O’Brien responded yes.   Mr. Hall referred to Page 6 (a-VII).  This is the landscaping plan and he specifically mentioned Holly plantings.  He suggested possibly wording this as “along the entire easterly property line.” Cross discussion about the employee parking area.   Mr. Hall commented on another revision to the landscaping plan – “enhancement of the proposed landscaping near the northeasterly property corner in the area generally described as from the employee parking lot to the northeast property line.”  Mr. Hall stated he is satisfied.   Mr. Falcon reviewed the changes/correction in the resolution.    Mayor Druetzler concurred as did the other Board members. 

Mayor Druetzlermoved that the Resolution be approved with the changes, seconded by Mrs. Leach.

Roll Call Yeas:        Mrs. Leach, Mr. Lopez, Mr. Nichols, Mr. Underhill, Mayor Druetzler

Recused:       Mr. Jensen, Mr. Sawoski, Mr. Zabihach 

Absent:        Mr. Novak    

Nays:         None

Motion carried. 

A copy of the Resolution is attached and on file in the Board Secretary’s office in the Planning Board’s Resolution Book. Ms. Lottinville thanked the Board for its time and consideration. 

There being no further business, Mrs. Leach moved the meeting be adjourned, seconded by Mr. Nichols. 

Voice vote.  All in favor. 

Motion carried.  

Karen M. Coffey                                                                                                Commission Secretary

Recording Secretary

Maureen Sullivan