All Environmental Commission meetings will be held at the Municipal Building in the Council Chambers,
475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, New Jersey starting at 7:00 PM.
Walter E Andrews, Chair – A resident of Franklin Township since 1981 with a BS in Chemistry and an MPH in Water Quality. He is a retired Environmental Scientist from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after forty-two (42) years. He is experienced in watershed management, pollution abatement, waste, water and drinking water quality, environmental justice, and environmental impact mitigation.
Arnold W. Schmidt – Has a BS in Environmental Science and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. He has worked in County government since 1988 enforcing NJ environmental regulations. Serves on the NJ Noise Control Council, is a member of the Township Shade Tree Comm. and the Open Space Advisory Committee.
Paul J. Walitsky, Vice Chair – Has a B.Met and M.S. (Metallurgy) and an M.S in Management. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. He was Manager Environmental Affairs-Philips Lighting, responsible for Environmental Compliance for all of their North American Operations. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of GreenSeal and has a consulting practice in energy efficiency.
Dianne M. Pydeski – Has a BS in Environmental Policy from Cook College of Rutgers University. She is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist in New Jersey and has over 16 years of experience in carrying out the enforcement of state and municipal environmental and public health codes.
David Triggs – Has a BS in Environmental Science and has been employed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection since 1989. He is currently a member of the Open Space Advisory Committee. He has worked in the environmental consulting field as well as the chemical industry.
Cecile MacIvor – A resident of Franklin Township for 36 years with a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Pharmacy, she has been a licensed pharmacist for 40 years. She served on the Township's Zoning Board for 3 1/2 years in the 1980s and is a current member of the Planning Board
Dr. Theodore Chase, Jr. – Is the Commission's Council liaison. He was recently elected to the Franklin Township Council, after having been a member of the Environmental Commission and Planning Board for the last 14 years and Open Space Committee for 8 years. He is a retired Professor of Biochemistry from Rutgers University.