James Biegen

James F. Biegen

Principal Associate at Maser Consulting P.A.

Location:
331 Newman Springs Road Suite 203, Red Bank, New Jersey, United States
HQ Phone:
(732) 383-1950

General Information

Education

B.S.  - Civil Engineering , Rutgers University

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James F. Biegen, P.E., P.P., C.M.E

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Mr. Gravlin commented on the review letter from Mr. Biegen of Maser Consulting. Block 1800 Lot 6 is the leased lot, however it is part of lot 9, which is the larger shopping center lot. The applicant is to renovate the existing restaurant, add a deck and a cooler box.
Mr. Biegen addressed the proper amount of seating necessary for outside seating to come inside during inclement weather. Mr. Lamberti testified there would be an awning to cover the deck. Mr. Biegen asked about the time difference if any that the liquor store is open and the bar is not, Mr. Lamberti stated none, the liquor store closes before the bar does. Mr. Biegen addressed the proper amount of seating necessary for outside seating to come inside during inclement weather. Mr. Lamberti testified there would be an awning to cover the deck. Mr. Biegen asked about the time difference if any that the liquor store is open and the bar is not, Mr. Lamberti stated none, the liquor store closes before the bar does. Mr. Gravelin indicated Mr. Lamberti would do the repairs, and the property owner will reimburse Mr. Lamberti. There is some broken sidewalk that will be replaced. An NJDOT permit will be required to repair the depressed curb and sidewalk at the White Horse Pike entrance that will be taken care of. Mr. Biegen added that even though Mr. Lamberti will be doing those repairs, the entrance radius is not large enough and has helped create the current conditions. Mr. Lamberti added that the shrubs, and overgrowth in front of the building along the White Horse Pike has all been removed. Mr. McFarlane explained exhibit A-1 showing the Minor Subdivision plan showing boundary lines, and the proposed demolition of the former ACME building all other buildings would remain, and the existing diner would remain, as it is currently under construction to be revitalized. The application shows creating 2 new lots. This is in the C2 zone. Mr. McFarlane discussed the review comments from Jim Biegen of Maser Consulting, planning board engineer.  Variances were pointed out, and testimony provided adding those variances that are pre-existing. The requested front yard and rear yard set backs are existing conditions. Mr. Rinaldi summarized the subdivision application. Mr. Biegen commented that lots 5, 6, and 9 are the mother lots, so it is a consolidation, and any comments should reference the mother lot. Then there is a re-subdivision for the lots, with bulk variances. Chairman Gangluff made a motion to approve the application, and Mayor Armano seconded the motion. Mr. Peterman began testimony with discussion from the review letter from Jim Biegen, of Maser Consulting. With recommendation from the board Engineer Jim Biegen, and Solicitor Mark Rinaldi the applicant met with both professionals, and have reduced the size of the canopy for the solar panels. Both professionals feel that rather than the applicant come back before the board, this can be handled administratively. Joe Adolf made a motion for the change in plan to be handled administratively, and Dan MacDonnell seconded the motion. All members present voted aye. The shed doors open forward, and the set backs are noted on the plan. Chairman Gangluff also addressed that a bollard needs to be removed, as Mr. Biegen pointed out interfered with a parking space. Bumper curb would need to be installed as it was indicated on the original approved plan. Chairman Gangluff addressed the letter from Mr. Biegen. The sidewalk repairs have not been completed; Mr. Singh testified that they would be done. Mr. Biegen added that the most updated plan is dated June 1st, 2010. Chairman Gangluff continued to read off from the previous approved resolution all that Mr. Singh agreed to and has not completed. Mr. Singh agreed to all items from the previous approved resolution will be completed.  Ms. Only added that the applicant is seeking approval for the shed, so that Mr. Singh can further clean up the rear of the property, and further comply with the original resolution. Councilman Maccaroni asked where would the existing 25 foot water line (utility) easement be in relation to the sidewalk?  Mr. Fiegenbaum sated typically a trench would be created with an access further down the road if needed.  Mr. Biegen stated that his office did a title search, and there is nothing indicated in the title or deed that there is an easement. Mr. Biegen also mentioned that there was a bond in place for the sidewalk at a cost of $4.50 per square foot. Mr. Adolf asked if any research has been done, or if anyone has any memory as to why this sidewalk was required?   Mr. Gangluff summarized to best of his ability to refresh the board’s memory.   With nothing further from the board, Chairman Gangluff opened this portion of the meeting up to the public. Mr. Patterson stated that this was a minor amendment to the maintenance building and traffic pattern. Ms. Pellegrini testified that this is a new Prototype for the Maintenance Building. The entrance and exit are now at the end instead of the front, and there is a revised circulation going into and exiting the Maintenance yard. This will eliminate the use of the Cemetery. The maintenance building will also be located further away from the residences. Mr. Biegen asked for testimony on the proposed trailer. Ms. Pellegrini testified that the trailer is for lawn maintenance equipment. With nothing further from the board, Chairman Gangluff opened this portion of the meeting up to the public.Â

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The tower will be painted white. Mr Biegen asked about the existing paint on the tower. Ms. Fairweather added that they will have to comply with DEP regulations as they suspect that the tank may have lead paint. There is no water in the tank, and the applicant does not know if the tank is being used at all. With nothing further from the board, Chairman Gangluff opened this portion of the meeting up to the public. With no one from the board wishing to speak on this application the public portion is closed.
Mr. Biegen commented that the septic systems are better in the front yard, to give more usable rear yard. The septic systems should be approved before the Boro Planning Board finalizes any approval. Some of the design criteria could have an effect of the design layout. Mr. Peterman asked for that to be a condition of approval. Lot 3.01 is the most questionable as to where the system will be. Mr. Biegen, there is a ¼ acre disturbance, and cannot exceed the maximum square foot of disturbance. All state standards for site improvements will be met. Mr. Biegen had no comments. Mayor Armano asked about a buffer around the canopy? Mr. Murphy showed exhibit A-2 elevation rendering dated 1/24/12. The canopy mimic’s the features of the existing building, the black will blend in. The tower will be painted white. Mr Biegen asked about the existing paint on the tower. Ms. Fairweather added that they will have to comply with DEP regulations as they suspect that the tank may have lead paint. There is no water in the tank, and the applicant does not know if the tank is being used at all. With nothing further from the board, Chairman Gangluff opened this portion of the meeting up to the public. With no one from the board wishing to speak on this application the public portion is closed. Mr. Biegen commented that the septic systems are better in the front yard, to give more usable rear yard. The septic systems should be approved before the Boro Planning Board finalizes any approval. Some of the design criteria could have an effect of the design layout. Mr. Peterman asked for that to be a condition of approval. Lot 3.01 is the most questionable as to where the system will be. Mr. Biegen, there is a ¼ acre disturbance, and cannot exceed the maximum square foot of disturbance. All state standards for site improvements will be met. Mr. Biegen had no comments. Mayor Armano asked about a buffer around the canopy? Mr. Murphy showed exhibit A-2 elevation rendering dated 1/24/12. The canopy mimic’s the features of the existing building, the black will blend in. Mr. Gravlin commented on the review letter from Mr. Biegen of Maser Consulting. Block 1800 Lot 6 is the leased lot, however it is part of lot 9, which is the larger shopping center lot. The applicant is to renovate the existing restaurant, add a deck and a cooler box. Mr. Biegen addressed the proper amount of seating necessary for outside seating to come inside during inclement weather. Mr. Lamberti testified there would be an awning to cover the deck. Mr. Biegen asked about the time difference if any that the liquor store is open and the bar is not, Mr. Lamberti stated none, the liquor store closes before the bar does. Mr. Biegen addressed the proper amount of seating necessary for outside seating to come inside during inclement weather. Mr. Lamberti testified there would be an awning to cover the deck. Mr. Biegen asked about the time difference if any that the liquor store is open and the bar is not, Mr. Lamberti stated none, the liquor store closes before the bar does. Mr. Gravelin indicated Mr. Lamberti would do the repairs, and the property owner will reimburse Mr. Lamberti. There is some broken sidewalk that will be replaced. An NJDOT permit will be required to repair the depressed curb and sidewalk at the White Horse Pike entrance that will be taken care of. Mr. Biegen added that even though Mr. Lamberti will be doing those repairs, the entrance radius is not large enough and has helped create the current conditions. Mr. Lamberti added that the shrubs, and overgrowth in front of the building along the White Horse Pike has all been removed. Mr. McFarlane explained exhibit A-1 showing the Minor Subdivision plan showing boundary lines, and the proposed demolition of the former ACME building all other buildings would remain, and the existing diner would remain, as it is currently under construction to be revitalized. The application shows creating 2 new lots. This is in the C2 zone. Mr. McFarlane discussed the review comments from Jim Biegen of Maser Consulting, planning board engineer.  Variances were pointed out, and testimony provided adding those variances that are pre-existing. The requested front yard and rear yard set backs are existing conditions. Mr. Rinaldi summarized the subdivision application. Mr. Biegen commented that lots 5, 6, and 9 are the mother lots, so it is a consolidation, and any comments should reference the mother lot. Then there is a re-subdivision for the lots, with bulk variances. Chairman Gangluff made a motion to approve the application, and Mayor Armano seconded the motion. Mr. Peterman began testimony with discussion from the review letter from Jim Biegen, of Maser Consulting. With recommendation from the board Engineer Jim Biegen, and Solicitor Mark Rinaldi the applicant met with both professionals, and have reduced the size of the canopy for the solar panels. Both professionals feel that rather than the applicant come back before the board, this can be handled administratively. Joe Adolf made a motion for the change in plan to be handled administratively, and Dan MacDonnell seconded the motion. All members present voted aye. The shed doors open forward, and the set backs are noted on the plan. Chairman Gangluff also addressed that a bollard needs to be removed, as Mr. Biegen pointed out interfered with a parking space. Bumper curb would need to be installed as it was indicated on the original approved plan. Chairman Gangluff addressed the letter from Mr. Biegen. The sidewalk repairs have not been completed; Mr. Singh testified that they would be done. Mr. Biegen added that the most updated plan is dated June 1st, 2010. Chairman Gangluff continued to read off from the previous approved resolution all that Mr. Singh agreed to and has not completed. Mr. Singh agreed to all items from the previous approved resolution will be completed.  Ms. Only added that the applicant is seeking approval for the shed, so that Mr. Singh can further clean up the rear of the property, and further comply with the original resolution.Â

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