Environmental Commission


Meetings are held at 7 p.m. in person at the Municipal Building, 1766 Union Avenue. All meeting dates are subject to change. Please check the calendar for updates.
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Meetings are open to the public.

Facebook Page

The Commission uses a Facebook Page for engagement and events. Follow them at @HazletEnvironmentalCommission.


Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

February 6
March 6
April 10
May 1 (rescheduled for May 8)
June 19
July 10
August 7
September 11
October 2
November 13
December 4
January 8, 2024 – Re-organization.

2023 Board Members & Terms

  • Annie Eng, Chairwoman, 2022-2024
  • Joe Pobega, Vice Chairman 2021-2023
  • Ron Isenburg,  Jan. 1, 2023 - Dec. 31, 2025
  • Angela Lipel,  Jan. 1, 2023 - Dec. 31, 2025
  • Bob Friesendorf, Jan. 1, 2023 - Dec. 31, 2025 
  • Hannah Walker  for an unexpired term Jan. 1, 2023 - Dec. 31, 2024 
  • Amy Mescal (Alternate #1) for an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2024
  • David Smentkowski (Alternat #2) for an unexpired term ending 12/31/2023
  • Barbara Lejda, 2021 - 2023

Township Committee Representatives, 2023: 

  • James Cavuto, Committeeman
  • Peter Terranova, Committeeman

About the Environmental Commission

The Hazlet Environmental Commission is an advisory body, comprised of Township residents, appointed by the Mayor. 


The responsibilities of the Commission are to:

  • Maintain an inventory of open space properties, publicly or privately owned, in the township
  • Maintain an inventory of natural and environmental resources in the township
  • Design, construct, and maintain trails on township properties and conduct public walks on these trails
  • Publicize Environmental Commission activities and accomplishments
  • Identify, research, and advise the Mayor and Township Committee on environmental issues that may affect the township and/or its residents
  • Review the Master Plan and make recommendations to the Land Use Board


Funding for the Environmental Commission is appropriated by the Hazlet Township Committee as part of the Township’s annual budget. In addition, the Commission may apply for grants from the state, county, and other sources to fund specific projects.


In 1968, the New Jersey State Legislature passed a law authorizing municipalities to establish a commission that would be an advisory body on environmental planning, protection and open space issues. In 1972 the State Legislature amended the law, expanding the commission’s responsibilities to other areas of environmental concern, including pollution prevention and control, solid waste management, noise control and environmental aesthetics. The Commission was established by the Township Committee in 1982.