Surprises at the Feb. 13 County ARC Meeting

The Feb. 13 meeting of the County's Amendment Review Committee revealed surprises about Committee members' knowledge and reversal of the Holmdel Township Committee's position.

The seven Holmdel residents at the February 13 meeting of the Monmouth County Planning Board's Amendment Review Committee (ARC) witnessed several surprises during consideration of the agenda item “Water Quality Management Plan for Monmouth County Future Wastewater Service Area Map ...”

First, no member of this ARC could say whether or not an independent and objective Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted that concludes the cumulative drinking water impacts of expanding Holmdel Township's Sewer Service Area is better for the Swimming River Reservoir Watershed. Recall the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection proposed in April 2011 expanding Holmdel's Sewer Service Area to include all portions of the two Alcatel-Lucent tracts, the roughly 700 acres in Holmdel owned by the NJ Turnpike Authority, and most of Holmdel's Public Parks and Open Space areas.

If in fact no such independent and objective EIS exists, then the proposed amendment to expand Holmdel's Sewer Service Area (SSA) is probably not in minimal compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act.

Second, those at this Feb. 13 meeting learned that Holmdel's Township Committee has completely reversed its previous position of opposing such drastic expansion of Holmdel's SSA in a letter sent this January to the designated County staff person. This letter transmits a Township Committee resolution accepting without reservation the NJDEP's proposed expansion of Holmdel's SSA.

Contrast this with the 23 May 2011 Patch article by Mayor Impreveduto titled “DEP's Sewering Plan for Holmdel Could Affect Water Supply,” which does a nice job of explaining why NJDEP's sewering plan is undesirable, and also requesting Holmdel citizens' support of a petition drive against NJDEP's sewering plan.

Holmdel's Township Committee owes Holmdel residents an explanation for its 180 degree turn on this key subject.

-Anthony Cooper

President of the CILU

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Paul Heyman February 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM
THe committee has finally decided to realize that this is not ethiopia and that everyone has a right to life liberty the pursuit of justice and sewers just like the author.
bud February 15, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The January letter was sent the minute Larry Fink was no longer around. It could easily have been entitled "The Full Employment Resolution for Holmdel Lawyers and Engineers!" What we have now are a bunch of foxes watching our chickens!!!
Nicole Magnotti February 15, 2013 at 09:30 PM
We live in 2013, not 1913. If anybody wants to have their property sewered, they should be allowed to do just that. The talk about replenishing the aquifer, is a bunch of scare tactics and I am not buying into it. And for this author to push septics while living in a sewered house is the biggest joke of all. Shame on you Mr. Cooper.
Larrabee M. Smith February 15, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Mr. Heyman, Mr. Heyman, you made equivalent comments on my blog. Yes, everyone should have the rights you mentions but they also deserve leaders that do their best not to allow their ignorance to cost them. My house is not served by sewers. It was given a CO in 1960 with the seepage pit essentially full of water. The builder had spent a lot trying to solve the problem but he couldn’t. He had essentially finished the house before realizing that the percolation in the area where he expected to put seepage pits had not been checked; though he had paid his fee for the building permit. He found that there was impervious marl just below the surface. The building permit should never have been granted. I didn’t know enough to sue and get another home. I spent many years working around the problem. Fortunately, I grew up in the country and knew how to use a pick and shovel. we managed with two children until we got City Water and I was able to fill my well in the front of the property and have a new septic system constructed where the soil is sandy and the percolation is acceptable. The lack of enforcement of regulations that allowed the construction of my house, motivated me to become involved in township affairs and I ended up being appointed to our Planning Board and served through 1970. I worked to assure the enforcement of regulations but enforcement depends upon professionals, which can’t be changed over night. See below:
Larrabee M. Smith February 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I understood that low density Zoning was necessary to maintain compatibility with the dependence upon septic systems and I learned that the availability of sewers would facilitate the rapid development of our vacant properties and overcrowding of our schools. EVEN THOUGH I WOULD HAVE PERSONALLY BENEFITTED, I NEVER ASKED FOR AND HAVE NEVER SUPPORTED THE EXTENSION OF SEWERS IN HOLMDEL. I learned, more recently, that we have a growing shortage of water in the County, a shortage that is adversely impacted by sewers. I also learned of a technique, hidden from NJ residents, to restore failing drainfields and assure proper functioning of septic systems. Today, I’m please to say the terms ‘aeration’ and ‘biomat’are understood by most concerned with septic systems in Monmouth County. A part of me feels very sorry for you, as the day will come, when you realize how wrong you are and will find it impossible to shave in the morning. If you are successful in helping the decision-makers in out town to support your misunderstandings, you, along with them, will cost all residents significantly and you will be forced to look at a “bad guy” every morning of the rest of your life.
Larrabee M. Smith February 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Nicole, I hope, for your sake, that you take some time to get some factual information on the issue. Unfortunately, we frequently learn too late and regret our ignorance. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that all of water that goes into building or any kind of structure that is served with sewers ends up in the Ocean; while any water that flows into building served with a septic system goes into the ground (assuming the system is working correctly and I've explained how to assure that it does. Tell me, Ms. Magnotti, what is so complicated about this? If you know something important about the issue that I don't , please tell me. I will never get too old not to appreciate learning something new.
Holmdel Repub February 16, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Let us not pass judgment on the committee's actions until we hear for certain their position. A letter that no one has read can be misinterpreted. Mr. Cooper has always been left leaning - so this blog should be taken with a grain of salt. The mayor was clearly against sewering the entire lucent property, and I'm sure that position remains the same.
Larrabee M. Smith February 16, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Amend!!! I have to meet you!! You understand the real world! I admit that, in my opinion, he was the best Planner the town ever had, but Charlie Agle left because "I asked to many questions". But you must be careful of anything from the so called professionals.
Tony Orsini February 16, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Mr. Cooper is a life long registered Republican. Anyone wanting sewers should have bought a house in a sewered area or stayed In New York or northern Jersey. As for the TC sycophants who are clueless on the pitfalls of overdevelopment, why don't you offer to pay my next double -digit tax increase that will be perpetrated by the incompetent TC that you support. They have totally blown out the Lucent development project by making the idiotic decision to support a redevelopment plan that essentially gives the developer CARTE BLANCHE despite being warned by the likes of Larry Fink, Mr. Smith, Mr. Cooper, and Mr. Blumenthal-- ALL REGISTERED REPUBLICANS. The difference? They apparently have and functioning cerebrums.
Tony Orsini February 16, 2013 at 08:46 PM
P.S. and Bud is also a conservative Republican who disagrees with me 90% of the time, but not this!
Nick J. February 17, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Well looky here, Mr. Orsini is another residient who lives in a sewered house, but doesn't want other people to have that same benefit. Shame on you too. Funny you say that Mr. Blumenthal is a registered Republican, but yet on election day he was a challenger for the Democratic Party.....talk about two faced!!!
Tony Orsini February 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Well if it isn't my shadow, "Nick," so assigned by Pope Impreveduto: correct. Blumenthal has supported us because he supports candidates based on the issues not party affiliation. You should try it some time when you understand the issues better.
NJarhead February 19, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Mr. Orsini, he is not a true Jarhead and his username was created, I'm guessing, because he holds some sort of man-crush on me.
NJarhead February 19, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Why do you keep pretending to be me and letting out your frustration on the patch - eh junior? That’s so magnanimous of you to blame the patch for not doing a better job of providing you a free service for your asinine ranting.
NJarhead February 19, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Thank you Patch
bud February 19, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Make that 95% of the time!
NJarhead February 19, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Yes thank you patch this imposter was making me crazy.
NJarhead February 19, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Well, I'd apologize, but I've done nothing wrong here. You should see the posts above yours begin to disappear as I contacted the Patch editor and her was response has been nothing short of excellent.
Tony Orsini February 19, 2013 at 08:23 PM
I fail to understand the logic of "if you have sewers, you should not oppose sewers." Certain areas MUST be sewered. Other areas that are not sewered are protected from hi density development, which intelligent people know is a good thing. I had septic in my first house for 11 years before I moved, and I saved a pile of money not paying a sewer bill. Never had a problem even tho the soil was marginal. Now I'm being hosed with sewers (lol). If I had a choice, gimme septic, especially if it would protect me from over development. And sewerede areas WILL BE exposed to affordable housing via COAH. And I guarantee COAH will be back in some form.
Patricia J February 19, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Not sure what the surprise is - the redevelopment plan mentions the housing component will connect to the sewer line going into the main building. The development plan is blessed by the TC - which would indicate to me that they changed positions on sewers from the mayor's 2011 comments last May. No? http://www.holmdeltownship-nj.com/alcatel%20lucent%20redevelopment%20plan%20post.pdf
Tony Orsini February 19, 2013 at 09:29 PM
The sewer line servicing Lucent was meant for Lucent building ONLY. There should be capacity issues. Clearly this is an expansion of sewer service to the heart of Holmdel which, I guarantee you, will make for further expansion issues: it will make it harder to limit sewers, and you will be exposed to massive development pressures. ZONING, as history clearly shows, will not protect from it. MORE DEVELOPMENT, MORE INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS, MORE POPULATION, HIGHER TAXES, LOWER PROPERTY VALUES..for ALL of Holmdel. It is a very familiar scenario repeated time and time again, but people never learn: oddly enough, even the refugees from over developed areas from the northern burbs and cities. Those ignoring this history are doomed to repeat it. Some of us get it, but apparently not enough of us. CILU certainly gets it.
Patricia J February 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Not disagreeing with you. But the redevelopment plan does show sewer connections in the plans for housing and additional buildings that are going up. The plan was created in May 2012. The Mayor's comments were documented by the Patch in 2011. Seems he flip flopped already. The ARC meeting didn't bring anything new up.
Tony Orsini February 20, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Oh, agreed on that. I think once this reached the county level, Mr. Cooper, able President of CILU, is trying to call attention and rally support at this particular juncture. It is rather astounding and incomprehensible why the governing body would expose the town to large scale development when they could have done so much better.


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