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Berkeley Heights Council Engaged in 'Vendetta' Against BAC Plan

Letter to the editor

Five hundred thirty-five registered Berkeley Heights’ voters petitioned their Township's elected officials to have a vote of the citizenry on the sewer connection for the BAC new aquatic facility.

Instead of honoring the direction of these 535 citizens and having the election date set by the municipal clerk as required by statute, those officials have decided to spend more tax dollars on legal fees, this time to have their attorneys research whether they can bring a law suit to side step the public will.

Hiding behind the transparent charade of professing to want to protect the sewer plant's huge amount of excess capacity, these officials appear hell-bent on spending any amount of tax dollars and utilizing any set of tactics to subvert the democratic process and try to block a project that is a permitted use for its site in Warren Township.

In these times of economic distress and increasing threats to the healthy development of our youth, engaging in this vendetta at the public 's expense to try to stop a facility dedicated largely to training and educating kids is especially unconscionable.

Jim Wood

Berkeley Aquatic Center

Concerned in BH December 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Covering your bases and putting it in the Warren Patch too, I see. My response remains the same: Mr. Wood, I'd like to talk to those 535 who signed the petition and find out how many actually knew the true nature of the project and the document they were signing. Given the widely publicized bullying tactics your supporters used to get those signatures, I find the argument that they are the ones being trampled upon laughable. Yes, yes, I know, you deny the bullying. And I continue to believe the people I personally spoke to who felt coerced, lied to and, yes, bullied into signing your petition. You and your supporters have such audacity to assert that you know better what's good for Berkeley Heights than its own mayor and town council. YOU sued the town, forcing taxpayers to spend money to defend the lawsuit. YOU are pushing for a special election, which will cost taxpayers upwards of $50,000 to hold. Your arguments in this Letter to the Editor are a desperate attempt to win over BH residents and apparently turn them against their own elected officials. I trust that they are smarter than that.

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