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MAY 29, 2008




Pledge of Allegiance


Open Public Meeting Statement


Notice is hereby given that a Special Neighborhood Meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 7:00 PM at Company No. 3 Fire House, Berkshire Valley Road and Gordon Road.  This meeting is being held for the purpose of general discussion with Township residents.


Adequate notice of this meeting of the Township Council of the Township of Roxbury was given as required by the Open Public Meetings Act as follows:  Notice was faxed to the Daily Record, the Newark Star Ledger and the Roxbury Register on May 12, 2008; notice was posted on the bulletin board in the main hallway of the Municipal Building on May 12, 2008.


Roll Call:  Councilman Fred Hall, Jim Rilee, Martin Schmidt, Richard Zoschak and Mayor Tim Smith.


Absent:  Deputy Mayor Kathy DeFillippo & Councilman Gary Behrens


Also Present:  Christopher Raths, Township Manager; BettyLou DeCroce, Township Clerk; Lauren Hepplewhite, Recreation; Rick Blood, Assistant DPW Director.


Mayor Smith gave an introduction to the public as to the format of the meeting.


Mr. Raths Township Manager went over the current “To Do List” in the township of projects already completed for 2008 and projects anticipated for 2008.


Rick Blood, Assistant DPW Director went over the paving projects that are on the schedule for completion this year.


Lauren Hepplewhite, Recreation gave a presentation about the improvement upgrades at the Berkshire Valley Park and stated that the work will start in June and be completed by the end of July.


Public Portion


Howard Dalrymple



Mr. Dalrymple was upset over the fact that the flags on Main Street were not all up for the Memorial Day Parade.  Mr. Blood stated that there were brackets missing and on order for replacement.


Mr. Dalyrmple also stated that the wetlands area at Horseshoe Lake in the waterway is dirty with debris.  Mr. Raths will look into.


Bill Harman

Berkshire Valley


Mr. Harman stated that he felt further developing in the township should be curtailed.  He further voiced his displeasure with the truck traffic in Berkshire Valley.


Council stated that the Highlands and COAH has minimized future developing and zoning changes the township has adopted.  Also, Council did state that Berkshire Valley Road is scheduled for paving in 2011.


Patricia Johnson

Gordon Road

Berkshire Valley


Ms. Johnson stated that there are bears in the area of the bus stop.  Mr. Raths will notify the Health Department.


Barbara Stopa

Berkshire Valley


Ms. Stopa felt that there should be crosswalk markings on Wills Lane.


Ed Cardinale

Berkshire Valley


Mr. Cardinale discussed the fact that the township cleaned the drains but there still needs to be additional work.  Mr. Raths will follow up.


Doris McCroy

Little Lane


Ms. McCroy stated that there is still a mess on the right side of the road with debris.  Mr. Raths will follow up.  Also Ms. McCroy stated that Little Lane is a mess because of the ATV’s.  Mr. Blood stated that they would try to level the road to help the potholes.


Andrew Schlam

8 McCroy Drive


There is still dumping and cars illegally parked.  The police will be asked for a stronger presence in the evening hours.



Gary Zeek

Berkshire Valley


Mr. Zeek stated that the new house next store to him has created a drainage problem.  Mr. Kobylarz will look into.


Carol Little

Mill Road


Ms. Little stated that Mill Road is used as a pass through road from Rt. #15 and could the township put up a sign stating local traffic only.  Mr. Raths will look into.


Dan Skarbnik

Berkshire Valley Road


Mr. Skarbnik discussed the impervious coverage on his property and his inability to obtain a permit.


Betty Langankemp

29 Gordon Road

Berkshire Valley


Ms. Langankemp stated that there are potholes on Gordon Road that need to be filled.  Also, she questioned the paving of Berkshire Valley Road and the fact that it needs to be wider.


Adrian Simons

233 Berkshire Valley Road


Ms. Simons discussed the new park at Berkshire Valley and stated that the knot wood plants needs to be removed.   Mr. Blood asked her to show him on the drawing of the park where they are located.


Robert Kocoski

45 Ferro Monte Road


Mr. Kocoski questioned how you qualify to serve on the Board of Adjustment.  He further went on to state that he feels the Board goes beyond the law and their own experts.


Georgie Skeparski

Berkshire Valley Road


Mr. Skeparski stated that he agrees with Mr. Kocoski and he himself has had problems with the ruling of the Zoning Officer pertaining to the replacement of his driveway.  Mr. Raths took specific questions from Mr. Skeparski and stated that he will get back to him on this issue.



Dan Skeparski, Sr.

Berkshire Valley Road


Mr. Skeparski, Sr. stated that he has experience difficulties with the Board of Adjustment and stated that he is a contractor in town and other contractors as well have problems to the point that they do not want to work within the township. 


Council explained to the public that the Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board and they cannot interfere with their rulings.  Mr. Kocoski pointed out that the Council should look deeper at their appointments to make sure that an individual has qualifications to be on a board.


Joyce Dargel

Carey Road



Ms. Dargel spoke up and stated that she is a member of the Board of Adjustment and the board volunteers their time and is always cognitive of their responsibilities and the requests of the applicants.  Further, the board is very aware of Land Use laws and basis their rulings on the law. 


Kimberly Brown

Sunnyside Drive


Ms. Brown stated that she felt the complaints by the residents with regard to the Board of Adjustment is that many of the issues are minor and repetitive and that possibly every zoning request does not need to go before the Board if there is a gray area.  Ms. Brown further stated that possibly some of these issues could be dealt with administratively.


Russ Brown

Sunnyside Drive


Mr. Brown stated that the pond by his property has debris in it that needs to be removed.  Mr. Brown further went on to state that it’s an on going problem and he would like the township to give direction on cleaning up the pond.  Mr. Raths stated that there are always issues with the DEP on cleanup.  Mr. Brown stated that he is willing to work with the township in aiding with the cleanup if he is given direction.  Mr. Raths will contact Mr. Brown and work with him.


Cindy Shaab

Mill Road


Ms. Shaab discussed the parking on Mill Road by the field.  Ms. Shaab went on to state that the residents who attend the games at the field should be parking at the Nutrition Center.  Mr. Raths will send a request on Mill Road to the Police Department to give input.


Betty Langenkamp

29 Gordon Road


Ms. Langenkamp thanked the Council for the Recycling Center being open on Monday’s.  Mr. Raths stated that the reason the Recycling Center is open is because the township entered into a shared service with Netcong, which now affords us to keep the center, open an extra day without any cost to the residents of Roxbury Township.


Jim Stopa

Berkshire Valley


Mr. Stopa felt that a guardrail should be continued further then where it is now at the ball field.  Mr. Raths and Mr. Blood will take a look at that request and if necessary have it extended.


Charles Alpaugh

Eyland Avenue



Mr. Alpaugh questioned the funding for Commerce Boulevard.  Mr. Rilee stated that the funds for engineering have been restored by the state.


Patricia Boyd

Cornell Drive


Ms. Boyd stated that the bike path at Horseshoe Lake in the back by the railroad tracks needs to have the bike area painted with the symbol for biking so the cyclist and motorist can easily identify the area and driving would be made easier.  Mr. Raths will have that done.


Several residents did complain about the Roxbury Water Company’s lack of notification with the recent scare of possible contamination.  Council stated that this is being worked on for a better communication between Roxbury Water Company, the township and residents.


Bill Egbert

Little Lane


Mr. Egbert wanted the residents attending the meeting and the Council to know  that the 50th Anniversary of the Berkshire Valley Firehouse will be celebrated on August 9, 2008 and it will be a family day.


Anthony Romano

James Street


Mr. Romano questioned if there is any recourse against Roxbury Water Company.  Mr. Raths stated that it is under control of the DEP.


Ed Kirchgessner

Honeyman Drive



Mr. Kirchgessner stated that he would like signs installed at Memory Lane that there should be no bike riding on that part of the lake.  Ms. Hepplewhite, Recreation,  was present and stated that she would advise Mr. Stierli as to the request.


At 9:20 PM Mr. Hall made a motion to adjourn the Neighborhood Meeting.  Mr. Zoschak seconded the motion.


Roll Call:  All In Favor – Yes


Motion Carried 4 to 0


Submitted By:




BettyLou DeCroce

Township Clerk



DATE:                        June 11, 2008

ROLL CALL:            Mr. Rilee – yes Mr. Schmidt – yes

                                    Mr. Behrens – abstain   Mrs. DeFillippo – abstain

                                    Mr. Hall – yes              Mr. Zoschak – yes

                                    Mayor Smith - yes