TOWNSHIP OF BRANCHBURG
NOTICE OF GREEN ACRES PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING
Please take notice that the Township of Branchburg (Township) will hold a public meeting (scoping hearing) on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Township’s Municipal Building, located at 1077 US Highway 202 North, Branchburg, New Jersey. In case the meeting is cancelled (by the Township) due to inclement weather, the public meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the same location. The purpose of the meeting will be to receive public comment as to the proposed diversions of portions of lands upon which the Township holds conservation easements.
The affected properties on which the Township holds conservation easements are:
- Block 79, Lot 16.08 – 507 Barton Lane
(owned by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC)
- Block 79, Lot 16.07 – 505 Barton Lane
(owned by Joseph A. Basile and Jeanette A. Basile)
As to said lands, a permanent right of way and easement and temporary workspace is proposed to be acquired from said landowners by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) for the expansion of Transco’s existing underground natural gas pipeline transmission system and easement. Compensation, to be determined, would be given by Transco to the landowners for the easements and workspace, and also to the Township. The lands in question are encumbered by State of New Jersey Green Acres regulations, and one application for the major diversions of said lands may be submitted by the Township to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, for approval by the Department’s Commissioner and by the State House Commission. A public scoping hearing is required by Green Acres’ regulations prior to the submission of any formal application for the diversions of the said lands, none of which are used for active recreational activities. At the public hearing you may appear in person in order to comment on the proposed diversions or, in the alternative, you may submit written comments by March 28, 2014 (March 31, 2014 if scoping hearing is held on March 17th due to inclement weather), to Sharon L. Brienza, Municipal Clerk, Township of Branchburg, 1077 US Highway 202 North, Branchburg, New Jersey 08876. A copy of any written comments must also be provided by you to Kevin Appelget, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, Mail Code 501-01, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420.
By: Sharon L. Brienza, Clerk
Township of Branchburg
1077 US Highway 202 North
Branchburg, New Jersey 08876
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:36-26.11(e) a hearing to obtain public comment on this request will be held at the Township of Branchburg, Municipal Building, 1077 US Highway 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876 on March 24, 2014 at 8:00PM.
The Township of Branchburg has filed a request with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, proposing to divert 3.12 acres of:
Branchburg Police Department
590 Old York Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Block 57, Lot 31
As compensation for the proposed diversion, the Township of Branchburg proposes to replace the parcel with 30.414 acres of:
PSE&G Switching Station
652-670 Case Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Block 76, Lot 29.01
An application for Commissioner and State House Commission approval for the diversion has been submitted to Green Acres and is available for review at the:
Township of Branchburg
1077 US Highway 202 North
Branchburg, NJ 08876
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Green Acres Program
Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship
501 East State Street, 1st Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Written comments on the diversion request may be directed to the Township of Branchburg, Engineering Department, 1077 US Highway 202 North, Branchburg, NJ 08876 (Phone no. 908.526.1300 ext. 142). Please send a copy of any comments submitted on this request to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420. Public comment on this diversion request will be accepted during the public hearing or until April 7, 2014.
February 5, 2014
Between the snow this past Monday and today’s snow the Township has been dealing with a very difficult snow removal situation. Both storms have produced a very heavy snow that is difficult to remove due to its weight and volume. We are cognizant that this snow also poses an issue for residents as you try to clear your driveway and sidewalks. Please understand that the Township is working diligently to make our streets as safe as possible. We ask that residents be patient as we work our way through town and continue the clean up over the next few days. Please also recognize that as the volume of snow increases our ability to keep the streets clear and at maximum width is limited. This is especially true in neighborhoods with cul-de-sacs and narrower streets. There simply is no place to put the snow.
Our DPW has always done an outstanding job of clearing our streets after snow storms. Our staff has been working long hours this winter through many storms (seemingly one on top of another) to keep our community open. I am sure you would agree that under normal circumstances our snow removal far exceeds those of our neighboring towns. To say this winter has exceeded “normal circumstances” is an understatement. We recognize the frustration of clearing your driveway only to have the plow come by and push snow back onto the driveway apron. Unfortunately, this is the reality of snow removal.
With a snow of this volume and weight it is inevitable that mailboxes will be knocked over. If this happens to you please contact our DPW offices at 908-526-1300 x177. The Township will work with you to restore your mailbox (and provide a temporary mailbox in the interim).
Lastly, we ask for your help. Please clear the snow away from the storm drains near your home. It is not possible for the Township to clear all storm drain inlets. Our machinery cannot reach through the snow piles without breaking, nor do we have the ability at this time to clear each by hand. Your help will go a long way towards helping your neighborhood recover.
Again, we ask for your patience and understanding during this trying time.
If you have a concern or question regarding the Township snow removal process please call our Township Administrator at 908-526-1300 x100.
Businesses Need to File Recycling Tonnage Reports No Later Than March 1
The deadline for businesses, institutions and commercial establishments to file recycling tonnage reports with their local municipal recycling coordinators for the Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013 time period is no later than March 1, 2014.
Last year, the Somerset County Department of Public Works mailed approximately 10,000 letters to Somerset County businesses reminding them of the importance of reporting tonnage so the numbers could be included in the County’s annual totals and they could comply with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulations.
Not reporting recycling tonnage can put a tremendous burden on a business because NJDEP policy dictates that enforcement action will be taken if a business is not in compliance within 30 days of being notified.
In 1987, Governor Thomas Kean signed the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act. The law requires New Jersey residents, businesses, institutions and commercial establishments to separate recyclable material from regular trash.
Businesses are responsible for the separation and proper disposal of mandatory recyclable materials, such as newspapers, magazines, chipboard, glass and aluminum containers, corrugated cardboard, steel and tin cans, plastic bottles, mixed paper, motor oil, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, tires, electronic and yard waste.
A brochure, titled “Recycling: A Guide for Somerset County Businesses, Institutions & Industries,” can be found at bit.ly/RecyclBus. The guide provides information about recycling and telephone numbers for municipal recycling coordinators. Also, more information about business recycling can be found at www.co.somerset.nj.us/recycle/business.html
Organizations that are just starting to set up a recycling system should contact their solid waste hauler for recycling information and cost estimates and their municipal recycling coordinator for recommendations on setting up a system. Organizations also should establish policies and educate their employees about recycling.
Somerset County businesses wishing to use county recycling services, can contact the Somerset County Recycling Center at (732)469-3363 or email@example.com for details about the program and its cost.
The NJDEP requires that the Somerset County Department of Health conduct inspections at local businesses and institutions to verify compliance with mandatory recycling rules. Inspections are made throughout the year.
For more information about the recycling tonnage reporting requirement or about where to file a report, contact the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management at (908) 231-7109 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cost: $10.00 (Exact change or Checks only — payable to Branchburg Township)
Where: Branchburg Health Department (Municipal Annex Building)
Time: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Process: This is a self-test kit.
Please call for availability, 908-526-1300 x183
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When: April 12, 2014
Where: Branchburg Public Works Garage
34 Kenbury Rd, Branchburg, NJ 088776
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Indoor Games & First Grade basketball clinic WINTER 2014
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Office of The Department OF Public Works
In the next few weeks a number of roads throughout the Township are scheduled for surface treatment. The process chosen for your particular road is based on the roads overall condition and is outlined below. The processes are designed to seal roadways preventing moisture from entering, adding a wear and skid resistant surface, prolonging the pavement life. All of the processes are weather dependent and may need to be rescheduled accordingly.
Signs will be posted alerting motorists to the road work a few days in advance of commencement. Residents are asked to park vehicles on adjacent streets if they will need to leave during the application time frame specified below. If you will be away during this time, we ask that you do not leave your vehicle on the street.
Residents are urged not to cross fresh applications until work is completed, this includes pedestrians and pets. The materials applied are very hot and sticky and takes time to cure. If it is necessary to cross, please test the surface before doing so, remember the surface maybe hot and sticky, so don’t use you hand.
Notification will be made in advance.
Cape seal is a two-step process incorporating both chip seal and micro surfacing processes, providing a smoother texture surface. First the chip seal is applied and allowed to cure from a few days to a few weeks depending on weather conditions. Micro surface is then applied with traffic delays as indicated above. This process blends the benefits of both processes adding years of service life to pavements.
High Performance Chip Seal:
The High performance chip seal process is similar to chip seal with a few differences. Straight asphalt is mixed with crumb rubber and applied at higher temperatures offering additional flexibility over the other processes. Aggregate is pre coated increasing adhesion and reducing dust and loose stone. This material also offers higher ambient temperature softening, meaning no bleeding during hot weather. Traffic delays due to single lane closures are minimal and are usually 5 – 15 minutes at most. This process adds a flexible, skid resistant surface with texture similar to chip seal, adding years of pavement life.
The following streets have been selected for the Cape Seal process:
- Andover Drive
- Arrowhead Drive
- Bald Eagle Drive
- Blue Jay Court
- Bernard Street
- Century Lane
- Country Squire Way
- Howell Drive
- Hummingbird Lane
- Kensington Court
- Kiva Place
- Lexington Avenue
- Pine Ridge Drive
- Sharon Avenue
- South Horizon Way
- Swan Court
- Vail Terrace
- Wren Way
The following streets have been selected for the High Performance Chip Seal process:
- D’Angelo Drive
- Narraganset Drive
- Old York Rd, Between Dreahook Rd and Bowman Ct
- Old York Rd, between Branch Drive and RT 202 S
- Centerville Rd
- Craig Rd
We appreciate your patience and cooperation.
Please contact the Public Works office with any questions at 908-526-1300 x 177
Director of Public Works