A Community by the River

Borough of Brielle, NJ

April 8, 2014

May 28 2014

April 8th, 2014



The Regular meeting of the Brielle Planning Board was held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Brielle Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane. After a moment of silent prayer and a salute to the flag, roll call was taken:

Present Mayor Thomas Nicol, Councilman Frank Garruzzo, Thomas Condon, James Langenberger, Charles Sarnasi, Tim Sigler

Absent Gina Murdoch, John O’Donnell, James Stenson, Terre Vitale

Also present was Chris Ackerman, Board Attorney, Alan Hilla, Jr., Board Engineer and Carol McMenamy, Recording Secretary. There was 1 person in the audience.

Thomas Condon called the meeting to order and declared a quorum. He announced that, in compliance with the Open Public Meetings 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 March 11, 2014 meeting were approved on a motion by Councilman Garruzzo, seconded by Mr. Langenberger and approved unanimously by voice vote, all aye.


A copy of the January/February issue of the NJ Planner was received.


Continuation of hearing for Minor Subdivision for Block 51, Lots 7-8, 9.01 & 10.01, known as 405, 403 & 401 Leslie Avenue, owned by Diana Hamilton & Olmstead Gardens, LLC. Revised plans submitted showing location of dry well & driveway. Variances still required - Front Yard Setback: (proposed Lot 8.01) 25 feet required, 22 feet existing; (proposed Lot 10.01) 11.13 feet existing. Side Yard Setback (proposed Lot 10.01) 8 feet required, 4.58 feet existing.
Thomas Condon called Ms. Hamilton forward to present her revised plans. Before she began Thomas Condon stated for the record that he had listened to the recording of the previous meeting.
Ms. Hamilton began by stating that she had delivered the dissolution paperwork for the LLC to the Planning Board Secretary, Karen Brisben. She also presented the letter of good standing from her bank referring to the amount of $5000.00 for the sidewalks to the recording secretary who turned it over to the Board Attorney. Mr. Condon said He believed that the $5000.00 was to be in a bond. Mr. Hilla replied that he left that up to Karen Brisben being a former CFO she would know what is acceptable and what is not. Mr. Ackerman marked the letter from the bank as exhibit A-4. Mr. Ackerman read the letter to the Board. He announced that Ms. Hamilton is in good standing but this is not a guarantee and this is not a bond.
Mr. Langenberger asked if the garage had been removed because it was no long on the plans. Ms. Hamilton replied no, it had not been removed. Mr. Condon asked if it was going to be removed. Ms. Hamilton replied yes the plans are contingent on it being removed.
Mr. Condon asked if she had any more testimony. She replied she did not.
Mr. Condon asked the members of the board for questions of the applicant.
Mr. Langenberger did not have any more questions. Mr. Sarnasi asked if the list has been addressed. Mr. Hilla stated the sizing of the drywell is appropriate on the revised plans but it is unclear how it will be connected. There are no details of the downspouts or how the water will get to the drywell. Also, the materials to be used in the proposed driveway or the grades of the driveway are not stated. Ms. Hamilton answered she was told at the last meeting the Engineer wanted the driveway to be stone. Mr. Hilla replied the plans should reflect all that information. Mr. Hilla asked Ms. Hamilton if she would be filing by deed or map if approved. Ms. Hamilton asked which was preferred. Mr. Hilla responded it was not up to the Board or Engineer. Ms. Hamilton chose deed. Mr. Hilla explained by deed was easier.
Mr. Hilla told the Board that he felt the conditions should be completed before the filing of the deed is permitted.
Mr. Sigler asked if sidewalks were being put in over there currently. Mr. Hilla responded no, just curbs, the on-going work is for drainage.
Mr. Condon asked that we put in the conditions that lot 9.01 must meet the current zoning ordinances and not over build on the lot. Mr. Hilla concluded that almost the entirety of the lot is in a flood zone and most likely be a “no net” fill and they will have to work around the existing grading.
Mr. Sigler asked if by not putting up a bond, will the money be there should she not do the required work. Mr. Hilla assured him the deed would not be signed until the work is completed.
The Mayor stated he did not have problems with the application as long as the conditions are met. Councilman Garruzzo added the deed would be contingent on the driveway, drywell and sidewalks being finished. Mr. Hilla assured the Board they could make it a condition of the resolution that all work be completed before the filing of the deed and then it was his job along with Karen to make sure they are completed.
Mr. Condon opened the meeting to the public. Hearing no questions or comments of the public, Mr. Condon asked for comments from the Board.
Mr. Langenberger said as long as conditions are met he had no problems with the application. Mr. Sarnasi agreed with Mr. Langenberger’s statement. Mr. Condon reiterated as long as the conditions are met he was in agreement with his fellow Board members. With no further comments, Councilman Garruzzo made a motion to approve the application contingent upon the stated conditions this seconded by Mr. Langenberger and approved by the following roll call vote:
Ayes: Mayor Nicol, Councilman Garruzzo, Thomas Condon, Jim Langenberger, Charles Sarnasi
Noes: None
Not eligible to vote: Tim Sigler
As there was no further business to come before the Board, a motion was made by Mayor Nicol to adjourn, this seconded by Councilman Garruzzo and approved unanimously by the Board, all aye. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Carol McMenamy, Recording Secretary