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Action by County's Amendment Review Committee is Important to Holmdel

Holmdel Township should send representatives to the next meeting of Monmouth County's Amendment Review Committee.

The Monmouth County Area-wide Water Quality Management Plan Amendment Review Committee may take action important to Holmdel Township at its next meeting, which is currently scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 14. This Amendment Review Committee (ARC) is empowered to evaluate and make requested changes to portions of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's new Area-wide Water Quality Management Plan for Monmouth County – particularly changes to the Sewer Service Area in each municipality.

The NJDEP has expanded Holmdel's Sewer Service Area to includes all portions of the 472 acre Alcatel-Lucent tract, as well as two other large tracts, in spite of a written request by Holmdel's Township Committee and a citizen protest petition campaign in 2011. Officials from Holmdel, Monmouth County and the NJDEP met on October 31, 2011 to discuss Holmdel's concerns. The Minutes for this meeting state it was agreed that if Holmdel would rezone this Alcatel-Lucent tract to be consistent with Holmdel's adopted Master Plan, then NJDEP would accept Holmdel's proposal to restrict the Sewer Service Area for this tract to only the footprints of the existing buildings. The Alcatel-Lucent Redevelopment Plan approved on May 17, 2012 satisfies this condition.

To date, however, Holmdel Township has neither presented its action approving the Alcatel-Lucent Redevelopment Plan to this Amendment Review Committee nor requested this ARC to make the agreed revision to the Sewer Service Area involving this tract. Even though no deadline for Holmdel's presentation on its compliant action is given in the Minutes for the officials' 10/31/2011 meeting, it is reasonable to expect some official communication from Holmdel Township to the ARC within a year of that meeting. Simply continuing to ignore the ARC may possibly result in the ARC's reluctance to approve this revision to Holmdel's Sewer Service Area due to the lack of timely communication from Holmdel Township.

It would be prudent for Holmdel Township to have official representation at the next meeting of Monmouth County's Amendment Review Committee.

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Michael Nikolis October 20, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Hi Anthony, I'm new to the sewer/septic controversy.. Help me understand your point of view better.. Aside from limiting sewers as a way to control new development, why are they bad?
Anthony Cooper October 20, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Michael, Thanks for your good question. We both recognize that significantly extending public sewers would make possible denser development which brings higher property taxes for educating more school children, plowing snow from more roads, hiring additional police, etc. And since so many Holmdel residents depend on the Swimming River Reservoir for their potable water supply, public sewer extension is also undesirable in areas of town where sewers would intercept and remove water that would otherwise undergo filtration through soil to feed the streams, springs and aquifers that replenish this reservoir. As modern households use copious amounts of potable water for washing machines, bathing and other purposes, our public sewers remove such water from the households they serve and transport it for processing and eventual discharge into the ocean. So, restricting public sewer extension in areas like the Alcatel-Lucent tract will prevent this loss of water and allow its natural recycling to continue replenishing the reservoir. Best wishes – Anthony
holmdeldad October 20, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Dr Cooper Do you have sewers
Anthony Cooper October 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
holmdeldad, I feel that hiding behind an alias engenders mistrust, and hence inhibits communication. Please try again with this same question and your full name. I shall then use your name to determine if you are a registered voter in Holmdel before I decide whether to answer your question. Thank you
George Clark October 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Anthony, Go on and answer it any how. In today's dangerous world where speaking your mind can get you in hot water, some feel the need to be anonymous. Why on this topic they would choose to be is questionable. But to not answer questions on this basis seem even more cowardly or disingenuinous. spell check. Also, as the learned person you would seem to be, what of total water table affect of large or numerous septic systems? Can you guarantee they won't pollute other local towns in the areas water? Just curious
holmdeldad October 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Actually since you pay sewer bills Tony... The answer is yes you are sewered
Anthony Cooper October 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM
George Clark, you have a good point. I live in one of the first two developments in Holmdel to receive public sewers. Both of these developments drain into the Raritan Bay -- not into the Swimming River Reservoir. Therefore the public sewers in these two (and certain other) developments do not intercept water of value for replenishing this reservoir. You are right to also be concerned about the water supplies of other towns. My understanding is there are no reservoirs (or recharge areas of aquifers supporting public water wells) in the drainage area from Holmdel's two initially sewered developments to the Raritan Bay. You may be interested to know that the Shorelands Water Company's wells go down several hundred feet to the Raritan -Magothy aquifer, whose recharge area is NOT in this immediate area. I've heard that a recharge area for this Rartitan-Magothy aquifer is in the vicinity of Jamesburg. I agree with you that a low density of development is needed to prevent septic systems (a key alternative to public sewers) from polluting a local water table. Thanks for having the integrity to include your name with your question.
bud February 11, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Septic systems do not require windmills to run them! Or paid politicians to run sewer authorities, or quarterly sewer fees to keep them running. The biggest problem with septic systems is installing them correctly in the first place.
Anthony Cooper February 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Bud, I agree with you. The BRSA's expensive windmill boondoggle that threatens so many people in Union Beach is a prime example of sewer authorities running without control to the general detriment of us all. If you can attend the County's Amendment Review Committee meeting on Feb. 13, it would be good to raise your point there.
paul heyman February 11, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Your idea to "determine if someone is a registered voter in Holmdel before you decide whether to answer their question" is almost as ludicrous as your viewpoint on sewers. If you want to address registered voters in holmdel how about writing them a person letter with your list JAckson not a public blog. Also - why are the registered voters in Holmdel so important as to receive a response to questions? How about residents who pay tax in Holmdel, Monmouth County, NJ, The United States or live on the earth?
paul heyman February 11, 2013 at 06:33 PM
You can blame the muslim kenyan for this windmill nonsense. He is a regular don Quixote. Wind and solar power are too expensive to compete with natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydropower without government help. The wind lobby already won an extension of its $12 billion production tax credit as part of the recent tax increase. More than half the states also have renewable energy standards forcing residents to purchase wind power.
Anthony Cooper February 11, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Paul Heyman, I agree with you that Obama has done much damage to this country. You may be interested in a book due out tomorrow (Feb. 12), entitled "Benghazi: The Definitive Report". But let's not slacken our efforts to better control our local bad actors on the BRSA and the Township Committees that appointed them.

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