BOROUGH OF PAULSBORO
LAND USE BOARD MINUTES
April 7, 2008
A regular meeting of the Land Use Board of the Borough of Paulsboro was called to order by the Chairman, Wayne Wurtz, on April 7, 2008 at approximately 7:00 p.m.
Open Public Meetings Act was read by John Alice, Esquire, Solicitor.
The Board saluted the flag with the Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call: Members present: Robert DeAngelo, Leon Manchester, James Salvatore, James Sharper, Alice Williams, Wayne Wurtz and Phil Zimm.
Absent: John Burzichelli, Allen Gray, Larry Haynes, Rita Kelly, Inez Nelson, and James Scott
A motion was made by Robert DeAngelo seconded by Leon Manchester to accept the minutes of the meeting of March 3, 2008. Voice vote: All Ayes.
An application for a sign permit was submitted by Taylor Memorial Baptist Church located at 649 Greenwich Avenue. Patrick Kranin represented the church. He explained that they are requesting a hybrid sign. The current sign is 20 by 20 feet. They wish to keep the top as a static sign with the name of the church and information, such as service hours, phone numbers and the like. Below that they propose an electronic sign to list special events at the church, a message for the week with the topic of the sermon. The electronic component of the sign allows for flexibility to change the sign. One of the members of the congregation will be responsible for the changing of the sign. It would not be a flashing sign but the message would change week to week.
The sign does have a light for night and the applicants will keep that light. No other lighting will be provided except for the electronic sign.
Richard Bunker, Pastor of Taylor Memorial Church was sworn in. He stated he has been with this congregation for six years, and he indicated that he agreed with everything their attorney said. He believes the sign is needed to provide information to the community. The new sign will be easier to change especially in inclement weather. They do plan to use the sign for informational advertising. He defined advertising as community announcements specifically non-commercial advertising or announcements. The letters will be red electronic letters. There will be no scrolling, blinking or moving parts of the sign.
A motion was made by Leon Manchester, seconded by James Sharper, to open the meeting to the public. There being no one from the public wishing to speak on this matter, a motion was made by Leon Manchester, seconded by James Sharper, to close the meeting to the public.
A motion was made by Phil Zimm, seconded by Leon Manchester, to approve the sign permit, with the specific condition that there no blinking, flashing or scrolling of the lettering and there be no commercial advertising. Roll Call Vote: For - Robert DeAngelo, Leon Manchester, James Salvatore, James Sharper, Alice Williams, Wayne Wurtz and Phil Zimm; Against none; Abstain - none.
An application was submitted by Cricket Communications, Inc for a Site Plan for property known as Block 12, Lot 2, Beacon Avenue to add additional antennae to an existing telecommunication tower.
The Boards Solicitor made an announcement that the Boards Secretary, Alice Williams, was included on the 200-foot list. The applicant had no objection to the Secretary keeping the minutes, however she would not vote on the application.
Christopher Quinn, Esquire presented the application on behalf of the applicants. This application is very similar to the recent application of Metro PCS. Cricket Communication has been issued a license by the FCC to provide wireless communication for their customers. They wish to add six antennae to be mounted on the existing tower and the construction of two equipment cabinets. The applicants request a use variance and height variance. The existing tower is 132 feet high, while the maximum is 110 feet. The rear yard setback is not needed to allow the equipment cabinet as the applicant will put the cabinets in the building envelope.
Wellington Sibulo, a Radio Frequency Engineer was sworn in and testified that Cricket Communication received a license from the FCC to provide telecommunications in the area.
The applicant provided the following exhibits:
A. Cricket A- what the coverage would be if the application was approved.
B. Cricket B Report from Dr. Ken Foster dated April 7, 2008.
Mr. Sibulo testified that he was a licensed Radio Frequency Engineer having received his MBA which he has testified in New Jersey at least two times in Somerdale and has also testified in other states. The Board determined that he is an expert in this field.
He testified that there were to be no changes to the tower except for the addition of the antennae.
Michael L. Bohlinger, was sworn in and testified that he is a Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey, and is a Civil Engineer with 46 years of Engineering experience, the last 15 of which were in telecommunications. He has appeared before Boards in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The Board determined that he qualifies as an expert.
He testified that the rear yard setback was needed as their previous spot for the cabinets was taken by Metro PCS. it was determined that the rear yard setback will not be needed as they are now going to put their cabinets on a platform and slide it under the tower. The owner has approved this.
The Board requested that we receive a communication from the owner that they are allowing the platform to be under the tower.
The applicant agrees to go in with Metro PCS as to the landscaping plan.
The sound from the cabinet will be 65 decibels, which is similar to normal conversation.
The existing tower is structured to withstand 80 mph winds and 100 mph three second gusts, which is standard for towers.
The next provider who applies would be responsible for any structure reinforcement as there is no need for reinforcement with these additional antennae.
Peter Tolischus a licensed professional planner was sworn in and testified on behalf of the applicant. He testified that he has been a professional planner in the State of New Jersey for over 42 years and has handled at least 380 cellular tower cases. The positive criteria are that Cricket is licensed by the FCC. The site is particularly suited for the use. He testified that there are no negative criteria as the tower is existing and the equipment cabinet will be moved to meet the requirements. The antennae will match the tower. They will work with Metro and the engineer to be sure the placement is acceptable, relocating anything that is necessary.
Melanie Adamson, the Boards Engineer presented her report. There was a lot of submission information that was missing and while not all are applicable, they are required. As to the setbacks, the location of fences and the location of all existing trees need to be shown on the plan.
Applicable issues would be that all lots are consolidated into one lot, what is the cumulative noise level and what is the maximum allowable noise limit. All three carriers should include their levels.
Ms. Adamson asked about any additional sign or lighting required by the FCC and was advised that there is no additional required.
Ms. Adamson requested that the plan be signed and sealed and that she will have a structural engineer with Remington and Vernick review the plans and a landscaping engineer to look the site over.
A motion was made by Leon Manchester, seconded by James Sharper to open the meeting to the public. There being no questions or comments from the public a motion was made by Leon Manchester, seconded by James Salvatore to close the meeting to the public.
A motion was made by Phil Zimm, seconded by Bob DeAngelo, to approve the application for use and preliminary and final site plan with a height variance for 110 feet, the height of the existing tower, contingent upon the applicant complying with all comments and requests by the Boards Engineer including but not limited to a signed and sealed structural report for the tower; a cumulative noise report be submitted with allowable decibels, including all carriers, submission of a revised site plan showing the location of equipment under the tower; and documentation from American Tower approving the location of the equipment cabinet. Roll Call Vote: For - Robert DeAngelo, Leon Manchester, James Salvatore, James Sharper, Wayne Wurtz and Phil Zimm; Against none; Abstain - none.
The following Resolutions were memorialized:
2008 -18 G and F Investments, LLC Preliminary and Final Site Plan
Approval 41 East Broad Street Block 94, Lot 7 granted March
3, 2008 Leon Manchester motion to adopt seconded by Bob
DeAngelo Vote 7 ayes 0 nays 0 abstentions.
2008-19 Robert Kleinert Fence Permit 1540 South Chestnut Street Block 128 Lot 31 granted 3/3/08 Leon Manchester
motion to adopt, seconded by Bob DeAngelo Vote: 7 ayes 0 nays
2008 20 AmSpec Services, LLC Minor Site Plan Approval 1300 North Delaware Street Block 93 Lot 1 granted 3/3/08 Motion
of adopt by Leon Manchester, second by James Sharper
Vote 7 ayes 0 nays 0 abstentions.
2008 21 William C. Chambers Minor Site Plan Approval 416 W. Broad Street Block 97, Lots 2, 25, 28, 29 and 40 granted 3/3/08
Motion to adopt by Leon Manchester, second by Bob DeAngelo
Vote 7 ayes 0 nays 0 abstentions
A motion was made by Leon Manchester seconded by James Sharper to open the meeting to the public.
Carmen Tedeski addressed the Board with respect to what was needed to have a change of use on property known as 737 Billings Avenue. He stated that he applied for a zoning permit but at the property is zoned R-1 and he had to be a resident of the property in order to have a commercial use as well. He was advised that he needed to file an application for a Use variance.
There being no one else from the public wishing to speak a motion was made by Leon Manchester, seconded by Bob DeAngelo to close the meeting to the public.
There being no other business, a motion was made by Leon Manchester seconded by Bob DeAngelo to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
These minutes are an extract from the meeting that was held on the above date and are not to be considered a verbatim account or to be construed as an official transcript of the proceedings. The tape of the meeting is stored in the Borough Hall.
Alice B. Williams,
Secretary Land Use Board