A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

April 9, 2013

May 22 2013

April 9th, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

TUESDAY, April 9, 2013
The regular meeting of the Brielle Planning Board was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Brielle Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane. After a moment of silence and a salute to the flag, roll call was taken:
Present - Mayor Thomas Nicol, James Langenberger, Tim Sigler, James Stenson
Alternate Members Gina Murdoch, Nicholas Stango
Absent- Councilman Frank Garruzzo, Thomas Condon, Terre Vitale, John O’Donnell, Charles Sarnasi

Also present were Steve Pardes Board Attorney, Glenn Lines from Lines Engineering, and Carol McMenamy Alternate Board Secretary. There were approximately 15 people in the audience.

James Stenson called the meeting to order and declared a quorum. He announced that, in compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act, notice of this Body’s meeting had been sent to the official newspapers of the Board fixing the time and place of all hearings.

The minutes of the February 12th, 2013 meeting were approved on a motion by James Langenberger, seconded by Gina Murdoch and approved unanimously by voice vote, all aye.

Correspondence: A copy of the January/February issue of NJ Planner was distributed.

Old Business: The continuation of application for Site Plan approval for Block 65.01, Lot 8, 629 Higgins Avenue, owned by M. Holtzman Realty, LLC (Applicant-Brielle Sports Club), to allow construction of an indoor swimming pool.

Mr. Roger McLaughlin introduced two items into evidence, A3-4/9/13 copy of the Architectural revised plans and A4-4/9/13 copy of the Engineer’s revised plans.

Mr. McLaughlin stated the changes made on the revised plans. The mezzanine was eliminated; a racquet ball court and storage will be built in that space. The size of the pool has been reduced 50ft. width to 32ft. width, making this not a competitive size pool. The HVAC system will be placed on the top front of the existing building. Mr. Langenberger asked if they knew what kind of racquet ball court would be built. Mr. McLaughlin responded they were not committed to one style, yet. There are two possibilities, a closed court or a glass court.

Mr. Stenson opened up the meeting to the public to ask questions of the revised plans. Mrs. Dickerson, 618 Locust Road, asked the depth of the revised swimming pool. Mr. McLaughlin responded 4ft. to 10ft. Mrs. Dickerson continued to ask questions that had been answered in previous meetings. Mr. Stenson informed Mrs. Dickerson her questions have been answered in the past and asked her to direct her questions to the revised plans only. Mrs. Dickerson stated that she felt the lawyer was good at evading the questions and she wanted that on the record.

Mr. Stan Dickerson, 618 Locust Road, asked if the pool would be free to club members when Mr. McLaughlin responded that the question had already been asked and answered. Mr. Dickerson continued with complaints of the fence not being fixed and trees leaning on his property since the storm in October.

Mr. Scott Kenneally, 624 Locust Road, came forward. Mr. Kenneally questioned Mr. McLaughlin about the mechanicals and the noise decibels. Mr. McLaughlin said they would be following the Borough’s ordinances in reference to the decibels. Mr. Kenneally asked if they knew which company

With no further questions, Mr. Stenson opened the meeting up to public comment. Mr. Kenneally thanked the applicant for changing the plans. He continued with comments about the 20% landscaping, addressing the parking and most significant to him, the issue that this is a non-conforming structure. Mr. Kenneally stated that he feels that the board needs to find that this does not create a negative detriment to the zone and the purpose to the neighbors. Mr. Kenneally would like the board to ask the applicant to move the building forward.

Mr. Stenson asked the audience if anyone else had comments. Mrs. Dickerson came forward and commented on her desire to have several items included in the resolution, if approved, the accessory use of the building, the pool fees, the hours of the pool, and remediation should the new pool cause problems for the surrounding neighbors. Mrs. Dickerson feels something should be done with the landscaping which has been damaged by the October storm and not replaced or maintained before the resolution is passed. She also feels the neighbors should have an idea of the construction timeline.

Mrs. Kelly Kenneally, 624 Locust Road, came forward. She spoke of the mechanicals which would be placed on the old building. She is concerned with the noise. She asked about the position of the new equipment. Mr. McLaughlin responded that the equipment was towards the front of the building.

Mr. Francis Cafone, 324 Fisk Avenue, addressed the board as someone who would not be immediately affected by the pool but in favor of the pool. His suggestion was to keep both sides of the issue happy. No further comments were given from the audience.

Mr. Stenson opened it to the board. Jim Langenberger voiced his concerns with the buffer zone. He stated that the buffer zone is in rough shape and the club is responsible for it. Mr. McLaughlin responded that his client would deal with the landscaping. He continued with the revised plans included several different varieties of trees for landscaping for the back and side. Mr. Langenberger asked to please communicate with the Board about the buffer zone. Mr. McLaughlin restated his position on most of the issues. He added with respect to the Police report, it was in reference to the old plans and not the new plans which the police have not voiced any negatives.

Mr. Stango asked if the neighbors could be informed of the ongoing construction. Mr. McLaughlin answered they would keep the surrounding residents informed.

Mrs. Murdoch asked if they could have a time frame. She would like it added to the resolution. Mr. Pardes agreed to put the clean-up to be done to the satisfaction of borough Engineer and Code Enforcement Officer. Mr. Langenberger and Mrs. Murdoch both felt a time frame was needed. Mr. McLaughlin indicated that he would solve the issues between the owner of the property and the owner of the Sports Club and relay them to the Borough. Mr. Pardes informed the Board they could make it a condition of receiving the building permit. Mr. Pardes felt it was reasonable for Mr. McLaughlin to report to the Borough Engineer and Code Enforcement officer within 40 days as to what the status of the issues.

A motion to accept the application was made by James Langenberger and seconded by Gina Murdoch. The application was approved by the following roll call:
Aye: Mayor Thomas Nicol, James Langenberger, Gina Murdoch, Tim Sigler, Nicholas Stango, James Stenson
Nay: None

A motion to adjourn was made Gina Murdoch and seconded by Tim Sigler and approved by the board, all aye. The meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.