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What Would You Ask Holmdel Mayor Patrick Impreveduto?

Do you have a question you'd like to pose? The mayor has agreed to answer them on Patch later this week.

Holmdel Patch is launching a new feature: Names in the News.

Our goal with the feature is to give our users a chance to ask questions of decision-makers, business leaders and volunteers, to find out who they are and what they are thinking.

Periodically, we will be reaching out to our users with a suggested Names in the News candidate and a call for questions. We will then compile the questions, edit them, add some of our own and then pose them to the people you need to know better.

Our first Names in the News feature will be on Holmdel Mayor Patrick Impreveduto, who has kindly agreed to answer questions from the community. Please email questions to the Holmdel Patch Editor, christina.johnson@patch.com, or post them in the comments below.

We are taking suggestions for more "Names in the News" candidates, if you'd like to suggest someone.

Tony Orsini May 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I read a statement in the press that the municipal budget for 2012 had been passed "without the sale of open space." Does this mean the Plum Lane Open Space has been taken off the market?
Christina Johnson (Editor) May 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Great question for the mayor. Let's have some more questions.
William Y May 22, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Why, and based on what research and specific input did you change your position on sewer coverage at the Lucent property? Have we (employees of the town or governing body) spoken to Elsie Sterling in the last couple of months and if so, what has the planning board and TC done in reaction to her plans for Lucent?
dan May 22, 2012 at 01:22 PM
You were elected to make decisions, why back off under 'pressure' and not sell the cross farm 'soccer' property? if the green space folks want to preserve it tell them flat out to pony up the cash
Joni Charles May 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Why aren't the Township Committee meetings televised for those who are unable to attend the meetings?
Pam May 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I have the same question as William Y - Why, and based on what research and specific input did you change your position on sewer coverage at the Lucent property? I adamantly oppose sewering the entire Lucent property and I feel betrayed by your sudden reversal of opinion.....
Nick J. May 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Mayor, thank-you for doing this for your constituents. 1- Please clarify....As I understand it, if Larry Fink would have voted for the Redevelopment Plan back in December, the Lucent property would have not been sewered. Is that correct? 2- I believe there is still a budgetary gap for 2013, so if it helps to keep my property taxes down, I would like you to sell the lots on Plum Lane. The Township should not be in the real estate business, so get this land off the Township's inventory and onto the taxable base. This will benefit 99% of Holmdel's residents. 3- We live in the year 2012, I believe that whenever possible all properties should be hooked up to a sanitary sewer system....septic systems are disgusting and are prone to failure. That's a no brainer. Please comment. 4- As stated above, I like the idea of having the Committee meetings videotaped and shown later on cable TV. 5- Please share your vision for Holmdel over the next 1-2 years.
Cathy Weber May 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The township committee approved a swim committee in early March and several residents have applied. What is your vision for the committee and when will it be appointed?
Christina Johnson (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Great questions, all. Anything that is not a question has been removed by the editor. Let's keep this focused on things you want to know from Mayor Pat. Here are some ideas that might remind you of something you were wondering: Bayonet Farm, large item drop-off or recycling services, small business and Holmdel, Town Hall office space, the township website, newsletter or Code Red service, property values, First Aid / Fire Dept. support, his favorite pizzeria ... :)
Frank May 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Can we investigate selling the swim and tennis center to the private sector and get out of trying to run it ourselves with restictions on what can be done there
Karen Strickland May 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I'm curious about what the Alcatel Redevelopment Plan means as far as governmental checks and balances. I have been told that with the approval, the TC has taken control of the zoning for the whole property bypassing all the normal checking and balancing entities, i.e. the zoning board, and planning board will no longer have any say in the process. Also, how did the Plan grow from 40 homes to over 225 houses? Why stop at 225? Why not apartment buildings? Who benefits from the addition of residential housing on the Lucent property? From what I've observed, residential development never pays for itself. Who will pay for all the services to meet the needs of the new residents?
steve h May 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
When is the Township going to repay the sewer customers who were solely responsible for building the sewer surplus in the first place? Why have they been forced to subsidize the rest of the town ?...
steve h May 23, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Who were the engineering firms that the Mayor consulted for information for the Mayor to conclude and reverse his position that sewers were better for the environment? Are any of the engineering firms that schooled Holmdel's Mayor on the harmful effects of septics destined to have clients, review fees and other revenue generated from the development of the Alcatel/Lucent tract? Did the water company, that Mayor Impreveduto sought information from, mention that the water company benefits from sewer extensions and more customers being taken off private wells to become future customers of the water companies? Will the Alcatel/Lucent Redevelopment Plan cost benefit analysis line items be available to the public prior to public hearings? Will property owners adjacent to the future sewer mains be noticed for public hearings prior to the changes in zoning, wastewater management plans and master plan amendments? Will they be heard and included in the process ? Will the Holmdel Township code that mandates property owners to hook up to sewers (at their own expense) if a sewer main runs past their property be amended to relieve property owners of this mandated financial obligation? If not what is the cost to the property owner to remove their septic system, install pumps, repair / mitigate construction disturbances to properties, etc.? Will a lien be placed on property owners that cannot afford the sewer line installation costs?
pete May 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Can we post the township budget line by line on the township website similar to how school districts have to post Spdt, Asst Spdt, BA contracts? Taxpayers should be allowed to see exactly where our taxes are being spent. I look forward to all these questions being answered.
Michael Nikolis May 23, 2012 at 08:03 PM
More importantly, what is the mayor's favorite adult beverage? I feel he's going to need a drink after reading all this..
Christina Johnson (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Questions for Mayor Impreveduto will close at 11 a.m. tomorrow to give him time to respond. Look for an article on the mayor's answers on Friday. And start thinking of questions for next week's Name in the News: Sgt. Mike Pigott of the Holmdel Police Traffic Dept.
Jenni Blumenthal May 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
What is the status of the former Parks and Rec space in the basement at Town Hall? Has there been any interest shown in the remaining office space in the former Bd. of Ed. offices now paertially occupied by the Parks and Rec folks and the Mayor?
steve h May 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Replying to Michael Nikolis Would our Mayor "need a drink after reading" alland responding to all these question, if he had allowed more than 3 minutes per person to ask questions about the budget and the Redevelopment Plan at the last Township Committee meeting ? Will the Mayor continue his established policy of not noticing property owners that are directly impacted by the Redevelopment Plan? Why are the Mayor and Township Attorney so opposed to noticing those property owners within 200 feet and that have the most to lose by the amendments to the Township's Master and Wastewater Management Plans and the changes in zoning? What happened to all the protest petitions that were submitted to the DEP in opposition to the DEP's plans to extend sewer service areas to PNC Arts Center and Alcatel Lucent? Are the opinions of the water companies and engineering firms more important to our Mayor than the 100s of signers on the petitions that make up his constituency? Michael Nikolis 4:03 pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 More importantly, what is the mayor's favorite adult beverage? I feel he's going to need a drink after reading all this..
Michael Nikolis May 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Hi Steve! Have a beer.. Its on me! OR better yet, come support your volunteer Holmdel First Aid Squad on Sat June 2nd at Bayonet Farms (tickets are only $35) and I'll pour you a delicious glass of wine from a local vineyard in Colts Neck.. Then we can calmly debate how many people in town don't truly appreciate conservation easements and how important they are to maintaing our precious waterways and beautiful open spaces..
Larrabee M. Smith May 24, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Are you suggesting by your present view that sewers are important to reduce pollution into the reservoir that an excessive number of our present septic systems are failing? If so, why aren’t doing something about the failures? Are you suggesting that even if subdivisions are properly processed, construction permits properly issued and inspections properly carried out, septic systems will frequently fail? Or are you saying that these three conditions are not met in Holmdel? If so, why not? Or are you saying that inappropriate use of a septic system can result in failure? If this is your problem, why haven't residents been provided with guidelines concerning the use of Septic Systems? Are you not aware of the treatment plant failures and the resultant pollution of the Sound? Are you not aware of the projections that New Jersey and Monmouth County, in particular, is projected to have a serious shortage of drinking water in the near future and that our aquifer is already marginal and that sewers takes water that would flow back into the acquirer? Have you taken time to look into the traffic generated by alternate uses and how almost any alternative uses suggested for the existing building would produce traffic each hour of each day, 8AM to 9PM, 7 days a week, equal to the traffic generated one hour in the morning and one hour in late afternoon 5 days a week by Lucent?
William Y May 24, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Another question for the mayor: Is your online profile Nick J?
Eve May 24, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Why didn't the township committee hold an open public discussion of the Redevelopment plan? How is the Redevelopment designation going to impact the school district taxes? Where did the 225 houses and full-on sewers come from, considering that previously a significant number of Holmdel residents (including the Mayor) opposed the large residential component and sewer extension on Lucent property? And one question where an answer is not really expected... who is going to be profiting from this sudden change?
steve h May 24, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Will Holmdel residents and taxpayers actually read the Patch and think beyond their own backyard about these questions for the Mayor? Will Larrabee M. Smith's excellent points go unanswered by our Mayor, ignored by long time sewer proponents and encourage all of Holmdel to hold our Township Committee accountable for the enormous economic drain they plan to put in the middle of the watershed and right down the street from our schools?? Will the Holmdel hired professionals (and other vested interests) destined to make their fortune from the Redevelopment Plan be able to advise the Mayor on his responses without a distinct conflict of interest? Will the answers from the Mayor actually address the issues or be more vague rhetoric typical of many elected and appointed officials? AND Will Holmdel citizens help out our First Aid by attending and supporting their wine tasting fund raiser at Bayonet Farm? Wasn't Michael Nikolis plug for the First Aid Fund Raiser 6/6 @ Bayonet Farm clever and doesn't this good cause deserve every Holmdelian's support?

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