Municipal Bldg 530 West Hill Rd Glen Gardner, N.J.
The Regular Meeting of the Lebanon Township Board of Adjustment was called to order at by Chairman Bruce Terzuolo. Present were: Mr. Machauer, Mr. MacQueen, Mr. Perry, Mr. Nagie, Attorney Gallina and Planner Bolan.
Notice of this meeting was
provided for in the “Annual Meeting Notice Schedule” adopted by this board on
PRESENTATION OF MINUTES:
Motion by Mr. Nagie and seconded by Mr. MacQueen to approve the minutes with a minor correction. Unanimously approved.
PRESENTATION OF BILLS:
a. John Gallina, Esq. $236.25
b. Court Stenographer $200.00
Motion by Mr. Nagie and seconded by Mr. MacQueen to approve the bills as presented. Unanimously approved.
Ms. Glashoff announced that Heritage Consulting Engineering is having a 25th Anniversary Celebration on May 5th a Friday evening from at the Copper Hill Country Club south of Flemington off Route 202-31 South. Ms. Glashoff stated that she will be attending.
Cingular Wireless Block
c/o Judith Babinski, Esq. Route 513 R3
Pitney Hardin, LLP
CONTINUATION OF A PUBLIC HEARING Conditional Use/Site Plan/Variances
a third use on the property
Chairman Terzuolo referred to
a memo from the Zoning Officer Bill Skene addressed to the Board Secretary Gail
Glashoff. Attorney Gallina asked the
Chairman to read the memo into the record.
The memo reads as follows per Chairman Terzuolo, the memo is addressed
to Ms. Glashoff, “Per
our conservation I made a site inspection of the Oldwick Autobody, Block #24
Ms. Glashoff announced that
Mr. Perry has read the transcript from the
Attorney Babinski was present
to continue with the public hearing on behalf of Cingular Wireless. Attorney Babinski introduced her next witness
Civil Engineer Gregory Nowak of French & Parrello and had him sworn in at
this time. At the beginning of Engineer
Nowak testimony the following item was marked into evidence: A12-Site
Plan of Oldwick Village Autobody Shop dated
within a fenced compound. Referring to sheet Z03 of the site plan, it shows 35’ x 13’ fenced enclosure 8’ in height, housing a concrete pad and equipment cabinets with the monopole a 140’ in height. On sheet Z04 this sheet shows the purposed elevation for the compound and the monopole. We are proposing 12 antennas. The approximate size will be 4’4” x 4’5” inches in height and they vary in width from 7” to 11” and the GPS antenna is between 6” to 12” in height. The GPS antenna is used for synchronizing time as well as for E911 purposes. If someone dials 911 on a cell phone after the federally mandated E911 antennas are up and if the person passes out they can actually find them. Engineer Nowak stated the site is monitored remotely 24/7 and is visited for maintenance once every 4-6 weeks. Also the monopole will be built to sustain up to 75 mile per hour winds.
At the conclusion of Engineer
Nowak testimony, Chairman Terzuolo asked if the board had any questions of the
witness. The board asked many questions
of Engineer Nowak. Mr. Machauer
questioned the closeness of the antennas to the garage and asked if this is
commonly done. Engineer Nowak stated
because of the constraints of the
Planner Bolan asked Engineer Nowak how much impervious coverage is on the site now. Engineer Nowak said approximately 7.94, almost 8%. If you had a site that was less than 3% coverage, you could locate the monopole in a better position relative to spacing on lot lines, but instead you chose a site that already exceeds the 3 % impervious coverage and the board is suppose to approve variances on this location knowing you exceed the impervious coverage standard per the Highlands. Engineer Nowak responded stating that they are placing the tower on the existing impervious regardless of whether it exceeds or doesn’t exceed. At the conclusion of the questions by the board and their professionals, Chairman Terzuolo opened the hearing to the public for questions of Engineer Nowak. Attorney Bonelli, the attorney for the adjoining property owner Dan Ansbach asked questions of the witness. At the conclusion of Attorney Bonelli’s questions, Chairman Terzuolo announced that the board will take a brief recess. The board recessed at and reconvened at
Attorney Babinski announced the next witness. Mr. David DiStefano was sworn in to give testimony. Mr. DiStefano stated he is employed by NBNC who handle Cingular’s telecommunication work. Mr. DiStefano is a Site Acquisition Specialist. Mr. DiStefano stated they looked at 10 different candidates. The Radio Frequency Engineer provides a search ring and there is a center of a search ring where they would prefer the site. The search ring is within a quarter mile of the center but we also go as far out as half mile. They review the township ordinances, and then look at municipal property and existing structures, which they did. Out of the 10 candidates they looked at 3 where municipal properties. All three were rejected by the RF Engineer, because they did not supply the service that was required in the search area. The center of the search ring falls where our site is located. They had two locations for the tower. One was the Autobody Shop and the other one was up at top of the property behind the house. We had to move the tower down towards the house for various reasons. We also looked at the property across the street on the southbound side right across from the Autobody Shop. Due to shadowing on the south side, the Autobody Shop location was preferred. One of the other sites was where
Omnipoint had applied. We check to see what the other carriers are
doing in the area. For whatever reason
Omnipoint had withdrawn their application, we would have gravitated to that
site, but that’s not a primary site for us because it is located further south. At the conclusion of Mr. DiStefano testimony,
the board had many questions of the witness.
At the conclusion of the questions, the following item was marked into
evidence: A13-Memo from Ronald Rynerson dated
Chairman Terzuolo opened the hearing to the public for questions of Mr. DiStefano, the following people asked many questions: Attorney John Bonelli, Michael Boland, Russ Vitale, Bob Simms & Derwyn Holder.
At the conclusion of the public questions, Attorney Babinski informed the board that she will bring to the next meeting the engineer who attended the DEP Highland meetings for this application. Chairman Terzuolo asked Ms. Glashoff for the next meeting date. Ms. Glashoff offered April 26th. Attorney Babinski stated that they will need more time for addressing the issues that came up this evening. Ms. Glashoff then offered the 10th of May. Attorney Babinski
said May 10th was good. Ms. Glashoff reminded the applicant that she will need the revised plans no later than 10 days prior to the May 10th meeting date. Ms. Glashoff was informed that she will be receiving one revised page which is sheet Z02. Ms. Glashoff reminded the board the Helistop application is scheduled for May 24th and the board will have to go into June if more dates are needed for this application.
Being no further business to come before the board, nor comments from the public, motion by Mr. Nagie and seconded by Mr. Perry to adjourn the meeting at Unanimously approved.
CHAIRMAN BRUCE TERZUOLO
GAIL W. GLASHOFF, BOARD SECRETARY