Environmental Commission

Welcome Hazlet Litter Bug!


Coming to a park near you: the new Clean Communities Litter Bug! Purchased for $9,100 with Clean Communities grants, the 4-wheel drive Kawasaki Mule SX with hitch will be used by Clean Communities coordinator Ron Dente to clear trails, haul items and transport materials for repairs. "It really is going to help clean up Natco Park a lot," said Dente. "Now during clean-ups, volunteers can fill bags and leave them for pick up instead of hauling heavy bags." 

There is another advantage too. In winter, the Litter Bug can be used by first responders to access people needing help in areas inaccessible to ambulances. This happened last winter, when two children were hurt sleigh riding in Natco Park. 

The vehicle will be parked securely in the new Natco Environmental Building at 399 Middle Road.

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.


2021 Meeting Dates

  • January 11 Reorganization*
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7 Meeting canceled
  • July 5 Meeting rescheduled for July 12
  • August 2
  • September 13*
  • October 4
  • November 8
  • December 6
  • January 3, 2022 Reorganization Meeting

    * Second Monday of the Month

Board Members

Ron Dente,
Email Ron Dente

2021 - 2023
Annie EngEmail Annie Eng 2021 - 2023
Bob FriesendorfEmail Bob Friesendorf2020 -2022 

Eugene Geer

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2019 - 2021

Ronald Isenburg

Email Ron Isenburg

2020 - 2022

Barbara Lejda
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2021 - 2023
Joe PobegaEmail Joe Pobega2021-2023

Kathleen Pallitto
Alternate #1

Email Kathleen Pallitto

2020 - 2022

Angela Lipel
Alternate #2
Email Angela Lipel

2020 - 2022

Hanna Walker,
Email Hanna Walker

Tara Clark, Mayor
Township Committee Representative

Email Tara Clark2021

James "Skip" Mckay, Committeeman
Township Committee Representative

Email Skip McKay2021


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