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1/20/15 Land Use Board Meeting Minutes

JANUARY 20, 2015
The Re-organization meeting of the Egg Harbor City Municipal Land Use Board was held on January 20, 2015. Those in attendance were Mayor Lisa Jiampetti, City Council President Edward Dennis, Gerhard Mueller, Richard Colby, Don Milne, Todd Warker, Michael McKenna, Jack Peterson, Gladys Torres, Solicitor Jim Schroeder, City Planner Tim Michel, Engineer Ryan McGowan and Secretary Donna Heffley

Solicitor Jim Schroeder called the meeting to order and noted the changes in the Municipal Land Use Board agenda.

This meeting was advertised pursuant to the NJ Open Public Meetings Act N.J.S.A. 1:4-6 Seq. Notices were sent to official publications for the Municipal Land Use Board; the Press of Atlantic City, the Egg Harbor News, the Atlantic Current and the Hammonton Gazette. A copy of the notice was posted on the bulletin board of the Egg Harbor City Municipal Building.

The Secretary directed this announcement to be entered into the minutes.

The Secretary announced that tickets would be drawn for the number of years to be served by each member chosen to stager when terms will expire. The following terms were established:

Regular Members Class IV: Mayor Appointment
Jack Peterson – 3 year term
Gerhard Mueller – 1 year term
Dick Colby – 4 year term
Dennis McKenna – 2 year term
Todd Warker – 4 year term
Michael McKenna – 3 year term

Alternate Members Class IV Mayor Appointment
Kristin DeClementi – 1 year term
Gladys Torres – 2 year term

Mayor Class 1
Lisa Jiampetti – Mayor
Joseph Kuehner Jr. – Mayor’s Representative

Municipal Official Class 11: Mayor Appointment
Donald Milne Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

Member of Governing Body Class 111: Council Appointment
Edward Dennis

Citizens Advisory Committee (non-voting): Mayor Appointment; serve at pleasure of Mayor
Marie Johns
John Garth
Miriam Mueller

Mayor Jiampetti swore in all new members for the 2015 Egg Harbor City Municipal Land Use Board.

Election of Board Officers:
Mayor Jiampetti nominated Gerhard Mueller for Chairman, seconded by Mr. Peterson. Mr. Dennis moved the nomination for chairman be closed seconded by Mr. Colby and carried.
Chairman – Gerhard Mueller

Mr. Dennis nominated Mr. Colby for Vice Chairman, seconded by Mr. Mueller. Motion to close the nomination for Vice Chairman made by Mr. Warker, seconded by Mr. Peterson and carried.
Vice Chairman – Richard Colby

Roll Call: Mayor Jiampetti yes, Mr. Dennis yes, Mr. Milne yes, Mr. Colby yes,
Mr. Warker yes, Mr. Michael McKenna yes, Mr. Peterson yes, Mr. Mueller yes, Mrs. Torres yes, Mr. Schroeder yes, Mr. Michel, yes, Mr. McGowan yes.

Mr. Mueller asked for nominations for Board Secretary. Mr. Dennis nominated Donna Heffley for Board Secretary, seconded by Mr. Peterson and carried.
Municipal Land Use Board Secretary – Donna Heffley

Mr. Dennis nominated Mr. Schroeder for Legal counsel for the Land Use Board, seconded by Mr. Warker and carried.
Legal Counsel – James Schroeder, Jr., Esq.

Mr. Colby nominated Mr. Michel for Planner for the Land Use Board seconded by Mr. Peterson.
The nomination was closed by Mr. Dennis, seconded by Mayor Jiampetti and carried.
Land Use Board Planner – Tim Michel

Mr. McKenna made a motion to nominate Ryan McGowan with Remington, Vernick and Walberg for Board Engineer, seconded by Mr. Warker and carried. * Mr. Dennis abstained from the voting due to his son being employed at Remington, Vernick and Walberg.
Land Use Board Engineer – Ryan McGowan

2015 Meeting Dates: January 20, 2015
February 17, 2015
March 17, 2015
April 21, 2015
May 19, 2015
June 16, 2015
July 21, 2015
August 18, 2015
September 15, 2015
October 20, 2015
November 17, 2015
December 15, 2015
The aforementioned meetings shall take place on the above dates, namely the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Upon motion made by Mr. Peterson, seconded by Mr. Colby and carried the 2015 Municipal Land Use Board Meeting Dates were approved.

Mr. Mueller noted he had been approached by some members who share an interest in changing the meeting time from 7:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. due to the Planning and Zoning Boards being combined and that the meetings may now take a little longer.
Mr. Dennis made the motion to hold meetings at 7:00 p.m., seconded by Mr. Warker and carried.
The Municipal Land Use Board Meetings for 2015 will now take place at 7:00 p.m.

News Paper Ads:
Upon motion by Mr. Dennis, seconded by Mayor Jiampetti and carried, the Press of Atlantic City, The Egg Harbor News, The Atlantic Current and the Hammonton Gazette were designated recipients of meeting notices for 2015.

Approval of Minutes: December 16, 2014
Upon motion made by Mr. Colby, seconded by Mr. Peterson and carried the December 16, 2014 minutes were approved.

Resolutions: none

New Business: Informal Review: Paul and Lauren Erbacher
Paul and Lauren Erbacher were present along with their partner Lisa Savage and Harry Harper their architect. Lisa Savage, part owner, gave an overview of their plans for a new restaurant located on Philadelphia Avenue in the old firehouse building. Mr. Harper described his plans to restore the original look of the firehouse creating a restaurant in the downtown area with old time charm. Mr. Harper is requesting a site plan waiver.

Board Members and Professionals asked Mr. Harper various questions concerning the alterations of the building along with expressing their ideas.
The Applicant’s will return within the next few months to apply for a site plan waiver with the Board.

Municipal Land Use Application – #1-15 LUB
Shawn Vallauri Sr.
S & J Diesel
901 Duerer Street
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Site Plan Waiver

The Applicant is applying for a site plan waiver for S & J Diesel to occupy part of the property that World Class Flowers occupies at 901 Duerer Street. This property was once occupied by Ocean Yachts. Mr. Dennis is employed with World Class Flower and stepped down at this time to not cause any conflicts with this application. Mrs. Torres Alternate Board Member replaced Mr. Dennis.

Mr. Tom Darcy represented the Applicant Shawn Vallauri owner of S & J Diesel. Mr. Vallauri is applying for a site plan waiver to allow S & J to conduct a diesel repair company in the existing industrial building at 901 Duerer Street. A portion of this property is being leased to World Class Flowers for a warehouse facility at this time.
Mr. Darcy reviewed fencing, security, signage, parking, and storage. Mr. Darcy also explained that S & J Diesel generates very little trash and is proposing a trash dumpster. This dumpster will be located in the back of the building out of site and will be on a concrete pad which will be on an impervious surface. Mr. Vallauri described his business operation and his security system that will be in place. The hours of operation will be 6:30a.m. to 5p.m. This business repairs fleet service vehicles only.

Terrance Watson owner of this property was sworn in by Mr. Schroeder.
Board Members asked the Applicant questions pertaining to storage of vehicles, security, and lighting.

Tim Michel reviewed his report dated January 14, 2015 which had been distributed to all members, professionals and the Applicant’s attorney. Mr. Michel noted that this application must be addressed due to multiple tenants on the same property. In the future if a third tenant would like to occupy this property they will be required to come before this Board for an approval. Mr. Michel reviewed parking and fencing, Mr. Michel mentioned there is a fence with barbed wire surrounding the site. Signage must be approved by the Zoning Official and must abide by City ordinances.

Mr. McGowan requested that no vehicles be parked in the DGA area and be parked on an impervious area versus a dirt area in case of leakage.

Public Comments: None
Public Portion of the meeting was closed.

Mr. Schroeder reviewed the motion the Board would be voting on.
A motion to permit site plan waiver for S & J Diesel was made by Mr. Michael McKenna, seconded by Mr. Peterson
Roll Call: Mayor Jiampetti yes, Mr. Milne yes, Mr. Colby yes, Mr. Warker yes, Mr. McKenna yes, Mr. Peterson yes, Mr. Mueller yes and Mrs. Torres yes.

Council report: Mayor Jiampetti thanked everyone for serving on the Board and wanted everyone to know how much it is appreciated.

Mr. Dennis gave the council report and updated the board and professionals on progress made within the City. Conifer will be opening an office in the old five and 10 building on Philadelphia Avenue to conduct interviews in the future. Conifer Village at Rittenberg is due to open mid-April to May.

The old Eckert Pharmacy building on Philadelphia Avenue is going to be leased to Auto Zone. Mr. Michel reviewed the prior approval for the Eckert Pharmacy and noted it is a permitted use. Mr. Michel reviewed parking and loading. Signage will have to be reviewed by the Zoning Official. Mr. Michel also noted that Code Enforcement went over to the site and wrote up violations that must be addressed. Mr. Michel would also like to see the tower clock on the building repaired.

On the 500 Block of Philadelphia Avenue the Electric Company started the demolition of the Street lights. All of the old lights and poles are coming down and will be replaced with new poles and new decorative LED lights like the ones that are in the 1, 2 and 3 hundred blocks of Philadelphia Avenue. New sidewalks and grass will also be done in the future.

Mr. Dennis asked Mr. Michel to review the guidelines for boarding up abandoned buildings. Mr. Michel noted the City uses the International Property Maintenance Code which lists standards that must be followed and met. Mr. Michel discussed ideas for new standards to address this issue.

Mr. Schroeder updated the Board on the Dollar Produce store to possibly opening again in the near future.

Tim Michel discussed how the Boards have now been merged and the process of voting on certain applications. The Professionals will guide the Board members through applications. Once one or two applications are done the procedures will become easier.

Public Comments – none

Adjournment: Upon motion made by Mr. Dennis, seconded by Mr. Peterson and carried the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted
Donna Heffley
Municipal Land Use Board Secretary