Bordentown City Environmental Commission (BCEC)
Minutes of August 14, 2013
Carslake Community Center Senior’s Room
Minutes prepared by Joel Dowshen
Meeting called to order at 7:30 pm
Attendance: (Quorum present) Ralph Tolomeo (Chair), Joel Dowshen (Vice-chair), Michael Lahr, Andy Richardson, Charles Kunkle, Michael Tunney, Brooke McMinn
(Members of the public present): Joe Malone, Sally Miller, Cathy Shaw, Zig Targonski
July minutes not yet available for approval.
- As general information, Joe Malone noted that the departure of Ocean Spray continues to be delayed. The company’s plan is to be out by the end of 2014, but that may be optimistic.
- The unoccupied structure at Park & Second Streets is still in limbo. There is a possibility of it being razed if there is no further action toward meeting code
Communications and Announcements: None
- Lime Kiln Park update: A decision must be made as to whether we call it Lime Kiln “Park” or “Preserve”. Additional stone has been put down, expanding the parking area. Boulders to border the parking area are still in question. The bollards (consisting of two posts and a chain) are in the near-term plan to protect the lower trail head from unauthorized vehicular traffic. Bollards protecting the vehicle access to Shipps is still in question. According to Mayor Malone, the tractor has been ordered and will be available shortly. Don Stein has made cuts through the meadow that is currently in full bloom. A once a year complete cut of the meadow appears to be the best plan.
- Oliver Street Park update: No current plan to clean, cut, and upgrade the park, but there was renewed discussion of using it for a community garden. Once the tractor is available, scheduled cutting of the trails and meadow can resume.
- Community Garden Update: Brooke and Andy are still leading the look for a good location. Oliver St. Is in the mix again. Spring 2014 is the target to have the garden in place.
- Demonstration Rain Garden: Brook discussed the possibility of establishing a demo rain garden after May 5th of 2014. A plan must be done including funding source for the plantings. Cathy Shaw is checking to see if the garden will gain us Sustainable Jersey points. The goal is to be placed on public property (e.g. the bottom of Lime Kiln Park).
- Library Native Plant Garden: Andy will continue to head the project. Leona Lee has volunteered to help in maintaining the garden (as a previous BCEC member, Leona was instrumental in planning and developing the garden).
- Next Rain Barrel Workshop: Will be scheduled for April 2014 near Earth Day.
- Sustainable Jersey recertification: see public comment area.
- Green Team Update: Next Green Team meeting is August 20th. The Lighting Fair and Composting Workshop will be on September 7th. A Sewer Plant Tour is planned for September 14th. Brochures produced by the Green Team for the above events have been distributed to the entire City. The Sustainable New Jersey application is due on September 15th. It will be made in time and there is a possibility that Bordentown City will be elevated to the Silver Level (if enough points are reached. Cathy wants to put together a flyer/fact sheet on the vultures currently inhabiting the City. There is also a grant application coming up. Cathy would like to apply and needs ideas, e.g. Oliver Street development, hiring kids again next year for summer projects, etc. Ralph and Joel are working on a BCEC schedule of events (see below) for the Green Team to distribute to locals.
- Planning Board: Mike Lahr reported that the meeting was brief and focused on adjusting the plan for the new residential structure at the old “Pants Factory”.
- Website and Email Lists & Campaigns: The new website is getting rave reviews and has become a “living” document since it is being continually revised and updated. The mailing list has grown to almost 500 names (all people who have subscribed either at BCEC events or online. The current mailing addressed the upcoming Earth Talk in September (see below). Additional mailings (up to two a month) were discussed to occur as the need arises. E.g. the Green Team can take advantage of the list and the new email system.
- Scheduled Events: September 7th (Saturday) – Lighting Fair and Composting Workshop at Carslake. September 18th (Wednesday) Earth Talk with Prof. Mary Allessio Leck – “Beguiled by the Abbott Marshlands” – 7:30 pm at Carslake. October 5th & 6th (Saturday and Sunday) – Cranberry Festival – staffing needs were discusses; Andy will coordinate. October 19th (Saturday) – Guided D&R Canal Tow Path Ramble – Sponsored by the Friends for the Abbott Marsh and the BCEC – Leader: Stephanie Fox, park naturalist, and Vicki Chirco, historian – 1:30 pm.
- Wish List: Ralph asked that members bring a list of things that the BCEC is working on to the next regular meeting so committees and committee assignments can be established.
- Mike Lahr would like to begin discussion on re-establishing the Thornton Trail. It is very much overgrown and in need of clean-up and maintenance.
- Andy asked for members to send him photos of relevant BCEC events and of parks and recreation areas in Bordentown City. They will be printed and used in BCEC displays and literature.
Meeting Adjourned at 9:15 PM (the next meeting will be September 11, 2013 at 7:30pm.)