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Expanded Sewer Service in Monmouth County is Back on the Agenda

Holmdel residents ralled in 2011 to stop the action, which has not officially been taken yet.

Expanded sewerage plans are back on the agenda in Monmouth County, and Holmdel residents are again left wondering whether or not water supply in the township could be impacted.

A future wastewater service area map will be discussed again in Monmouth County on Wednesday morning by the Monmouth County Water Quality Management Plan Amendment Review Committee.

In 2011, Holmdel residents rallied against the expanded sewer system plans, which could allow the entire Lucent and Garden State Arts properties to become sewered. 

Holmdel Mayor Patrick Impreveduto said during a statement in 2011, "If you cover up all the land with buildings, roadways, parking lots, etc. and don't allow the rain, snow and yes, septic, to meander slowly down to be cleansed and filtered by the soil, you are not going to recharge the aquifer."

Impreveduto said not only will an expanded sewer system drive a dense population of buildings, water levels could potentially drop and affect the township's drinking water.

A meeting of the Monmouth County Water Quality Management Plan Amendment Review Committee is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. in Freehold:

  • Monmouth County Planning Board Conference Room Hall of Records Annex
    1 East Main Street, Freehold

More on the subject:

  • Action by County's Amendment Review Committee is Important to Holmdel
  • DEP's Sewering Plan for Holmdel Could Affect Water Supply
  • Petition Drive To Protest Sewering Plan
Paul Heyman February 12, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Hopefully science will prevail and this will be passed.
Larrabee M. Smith February 13, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Mr. Heyman, your comment makes it clear that you have ZERO understanding of the meaning of the word "science". It is a Scientific fact that increasing the area supported by sewers will adversely impact the supply of potable water for the area. Essentially all water that is supplied to structures in the area served by sewers will end up in effluent pumped into the Ocean. Essentially all water that is supplied to structures with septic systems will be cleaned up and returned to the earth where nature treats it and makes it available for reuse. The primary beneficiaries of the expansion of the area served by sewers and the contractors that construct the expanded sewer line, those that inspect the construction and those that operate the treatment plant.
Carol Beckenstein February 13, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Thank you for clarifying these facts, Mr. Smith. I am 100% in agreement with you.
Paul Heyman February 13, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Actually larry I am 100% correct. Your diatribe above is so lacking in reality or facts I will not even bother addressing it and further embarrassing ssing you. I bet you are also one of the simpletons who think that "climate change' or "global warming" or what are you calling it now? Do you and stein below have sewers?
Holmdel Repub February 14, 2013 at 03:38 PM
The mayor has done his homework on this issue and I trust he is on the side of limiting sewers. His comments above speak for themselves. Any updates from last night's meeting?
Kaitlyn Anness February 14, 2013 at 07:18 PM
For everyone interested, Tony Cooper was kind enough to offer a summary of yesterday's meeting, in which it was discovered Holmdel has reversed its original stance on the matter. http://holmdel-hazlet.patch.com/blog_posts/surprises-at-the-feb-13-county-arc-meeting
Practical Thinker February 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM
What would you rather have? Septic overflow finding its way into drinking water tributaries or a sanitary sewer pipe that takes it for treatment and releases it as potable swimming water? I am constantly AMAZED that Holmdel residents see sanitary sewers as "Oh My GOD! That means they will BUILD!" Building is a ZONING ISSUE! Sewers are a matter of public health!
Mrs. G. Kumar April 05, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Do we want Holmdel to be overdeveloped with more housing so it looks like route 35 (townhomes, crowded housing developments) or do we want a beautiful scenic town with open space, more like Colts Neck? Colts Neck has lower taxes than Holmdel because it is all septic - no sewers. Home prices in Holmdel will stay high, taxes will stay low only if we limit the number of new homes being built in Holmdel. The environmental impact is well known. Sewers will allow more housing to be built, period. If you want a sewer system, move to another town! Or live in the cramped part of Holmdel that has sewers. The majority of the residents in Holmdel want open space, low taxes, and a school system that is NOT adding on every year. Use your head. It costs $12,000 per child in the Holmdel school system. Townhouses are NOT paying over $12,000 a year in taxes. Far too many people are renting in Holmdel's townhomes on the north side of route 35 so that their kids can go to our great school system.
Mrs. G. Kumar April 05, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Practicalthinker it's time to clean out your septic system, if it's overflowing that is disgusting.
John Boyd April 05, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Colts Neck has lower taxes because it dosen't have it's own high school. The Colts Neck HS is regionalized. Please know what you are talking about before you make comments
Mrs. G. Kumar April 05, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Mr. Boyd, I realize Colts Neck is part of the Freehold Regional High School system, which includes Colts Neck, Freehold, Howell, Manalapan and Marlboro. Colts Neck residents most certainly do pay a portion of their property taxes for their school system, which also includes kindergarten through eighth grade. Do you know what the cost is to a Colts Neck homeowner per year for their school system? Even if you break down the cost for high school and K - 8 there is still a cost to the Colts Neck property owner. That would be useful information. Colts Neck still has lower taxes than Holmdel, when you compare assessed property value, what the resulting property tax amount is =====> to assessed property values and what a Holmdel property owner pays. Contribute something useful to the discussion.

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