Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo will present the county's reworked plans for its department of public works (DPW) yard at Fort Monmouth during a special public hearing next week.
Mayor Tarantolo said he will give a Powerpoint presentation at 7 p.m. at Eatontown Borough Hall and will explain the changes made to the plan in detail. The public hearing will be followed by the regular Eatontown Council meeting at 7:30 p.m.
The plan is also expected to be presented by the county at the next Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) meeting on Oct. 17.
Mayor Tarantolo said the county was "sensitive" to the comments made by the public during a September Eatontown Council meeting, and decided to make some changes to the plan during a subsequent meeting with borough officials on Sept. 13.
"Attendees from both the county and Eatontown agreed that for the ultimate benefit of the residents of the region, and to facilitate the eventual successful redevelopment of the former fort property, it was imperative for both sides to think regionally and work together for the common good," a FMERA release states.
Mayor Tarantolo said the new plan emphasizes adding more buffering between the site and neighborhood adjacent to proposed DPW yard. He said there would also be more green space created than originally proposed. An effort to move the traffic flow created by DPW trucks away from the residential areas would also be made.
"We've gotten a major commitment from the county on this, and I think it's something we can live with," Mayor Tarantolo said during Tuesday night's council meeting
Some rresidents at the meeting said they were still opposed to the plan no matter what changes are made to the plan, and asked the council to oppose it.