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Oak Ridge Rinks Iced

There was another freeholder meeting yesterday that ran from 6:30pm to about 6:45pm which was advertised as a hearing on a Project Scope Change for Oak Ridge Park in Clark:

TAKE NOTICE that the County of Union has applied to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, to allow the County to change its proposed project scope at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, New Jersey (constituting Block 2, Lot 1; Block 2, Lot 3: and Block 3, Lot 1 on the Clark Tax Map) from the one approved by Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program on April 12, 2011.

The revised project scope will eliminate the previously approved outdoor Ice Skating Center, and it would create a new athletic track and field at the Park that would conform with NCAA collegiate standards. The previously approved bike-pathway and Great Lawn and Amphitheater (with a movable-temporary stage) will remain part of the proposed project.

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:36-12.2(b) a scoping hearing to obtain public comment on this request will be held before the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. All interested parties are invited to attend and participate in this hearing. Written comments on the proposed change may be directed to Kevin Campbell, Assistant County Counsel, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, NJ 07207, also available at (908)-527-4250.

There was not much of a public presence at the hearing and no member of the public made any comments.

The new plans for Oak Ridge Park are now:

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Solar Panel Fallout – Part 2


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This was in Sussex County but Union County was similarly gulled into their own version of this Solar Panel fiasco.

Below, pertinent excerpts from the Boxer $500,000 report:

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UCCF 6/22/17: Oak Ridge Park Plans

2017-542: A resolution amending Resolution Number 2016-514, authorizing the County Manager to enter into an Amended Shared Services Agreement with the Union County Improvement Authority for the Oak Ridge Park Project.

2017-543: Resolution Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a Use and Maintenance Agreement with the Union County College for the Oak Ridge Park Project.

From back on June 9, 2016:

2016-514: Resolution authorizing the County Manger to enter into a Shared Services Agreement with the Union County Improvement Authority for the development, construction and implementation of the Oak Ridge Property Project; and further transferring existing funds to the Union County Improvement Authority in an amount not to exceed $2,562,788.40 as per terms of the Agreement.

Back to the last meeting:
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Reassessment Road Trip – Scotch Plains

Bruce Paterson on the road to get Union County to use some of their surplus to pay for municipal reassessments. April 4, 2017 in Scotch Plains:
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Mountain Biking and CME

It is still an open question as to whether there will (or should) be mountain biking in Watchung Reservation as the issue will be explored again at tonight’s freeholder meeting, possibly in open session, but definitely in closed session:

To the extent known, the following items will be discussed in Executive Session:
1) Attorney-Client privileged communications and discussions relative to potential litigation, possible violations of law and potential contract negotiations with CME relative to issues relating to the Trail Master Plan.
No clue as to what this might be about but we do know a few things about CME, based on some observations from a friend:

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Resolution on Mountain Biking in Watchung Reservation

I don’t know if tonight we will again see 37 speakers on mountain biking at Watchung Reservation as the issue seems to have been resolved – per Res 2017-329 set to be approved at tonight’s freeholder meeting:

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Roselle’s Folly (15): What’s Cumming

The last resolution unanimously approved at the April 5, 2017 meeting of the UCIA:

33-2017: Resolution of the Union County Improvement Authority authorizing award of Professional Services Contract to Cumming for Construction Monitoring in connection with the Mind & Body Project, Borough of Roselle.

No link was provided to the resolution on the UCIA website but there was some information on Cumming Construction Management, Inc. on the NJELEC website:

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