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Mayor Questions Possible Construction of County DPW in Eatontown

County officials will attend next Eatontown Council meeting

Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo and other members of the Eatontown Council have some questions for county officials who are planning to build a satellite Monmouth County DPW facility at a Fort Monmouth property in Eatontown.

The board of the moved last week to , with a six month extension option, for the motor pool property of former Fort Monmouth from the Army, with the intent that it will then lease the property to the county for a new home for its highway division.

"My concern is that it is a change to FMERA's original plan," Mayor Tarantolo said at this week's Eatontown Council meeting.

Mayor Tarantolo said the move is a change from the which called for the property to be turned into open space and should require an amendment to the plan.

FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman has said that amendments are only required with a change of title such as in the case of

Eatontown Council President Anthony Talerico disagreed and called the project a "deviation from the plan without the amendment."

"Their non-binding discussions four years ago do not rid FMERA, who was not in existence four years ago, of its obligations to the Plan Amendment process," Councilman Talerico said. "I think we are going down a very slippery slope."

Mayor Tarantolo said county officials have been invited to the council's next workshop meeting on Sept. 5 to discuss the plan and that he has several questions for them.

"One of my concerns is what is in the general neighborhood (around the proposed DPW facility)," Mayor Tarantolo said. "The property is immediately adjacent to one of our residential areas."

The motor pool property is located close to Rose Court and other borough streets. Mayor Tarantolo said he was assured that the facility would be "heavily buffered" from the residential areas, but that he still has some questions.

Freeholder Lillian Burry has said the site will mainly be used to store salt and road materials and that it will not see heavy traffic. She also said that Eatontown will benefit from the regional location by use of the truck wash (something Eatontown doesn't have), and will be able to forgo it's annual order of salt and can instead use the salt the county purchases, paying for only what Eatontown uses.

The freeholder said the borough could also benefit from "some priority consideration" when it comes to snow removal.

Joseph Mahmah August 25, 2012 at 08:06 PM
nice, allot of idling diesel trucks spewing stinky toxic pollution full of garbage or other waste beeping and beeping from 4am to who knows what time at night. maybe they can store some salt and let it leach into the ground or have piles of disgusting smelling cans waiting to be recycled. cant wait...
Anonymous August 30, 2012 at 08:01 PM
"Freeholder Lillian Burry has said the site will mainly be used to store salt and road materials and that it will not see heavy traffic. She also said that Eatontown will benefit from the regional location by use of the truck wash (something Eatontown doesn't have), and will be able to forgo it's annual order of salt and can instead use the salt the county purchases, paying for only what Eatontown uses." Hmmmm.... What about the $3.4 million truck wash just opened at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center next door in Tinton Falls in July 2012. They are also in the process of building an additional truck wash at the existing Freehold DPW site. Both truck washes are available to all 53 municipalities in Monmouth County. How many truck washes does one county need at 3.4 million a pop? Is the existing Fort Monmouth truck wash compliant with state regulations? Why should buying salt from the county be considered a perk? It is already offered as part of the shared services program. FYI: The Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls sits on 1000+ acres and there is an additional 200+ acres with county facilities already in existence at the Belford Ferry Terminal. How many satellites does the DPW require? None of the existing sites are located in a residential neighborhood. Something stinks....

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