Tuesday, July 10, 2012

5 Reasons to Attend Pequannock Flood Meeting Tomorrow

English: The Raritan river by New Brunswick, N...
English: The Raritan river by New Brunswick, NJ spilled its banks and flooded the area after Hurricane Irene, August 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Christopher Lotito

#1 - Hurricane Irene affected over 1100 homes in Pequannock and damaged 700 of those severely.  You know this because you drove the streets and saw the damage whether it was your home of a friend or neighbors, now it's time to tell our decision-makers that we need a flooding solution!

#2 - Not everyone in Pequannock had their home damaged by Hurricane Irene, but everyone paid the trash bill... Pequannock paid $950,000 to remove the trash alone.  That doesn't count any expenses for rescue, recovery, repair, lost time on other municipal projects, etc.

#3 - Pequannock needs another flood-study like Pequannock needs another hurricane.  The DEP / Army Corps of Engineers is meeting on Wednesday July 11th at 6pm at Pequannock High School to discuss having another study.  They aren't meeting to announce a study.  They aren't meeting to announce a plan of action.  They aren't starting work.  They're literally having a meeting to plan having another study.

#4 - A&P, mini-golf, and Badaanco's "The Castle".  Decisions made by the NJ DEP, with or without Pequannock's input, will have far reaching economic effects via adjustments to development regulations and insurance requirements that may arise.  The A&P, mini-golf site, and much maligned Castle project are just 3 sites within the flood zone which may move beyond local control if we do not make our voices heard.  What's at stake?  Essentially, the entire northbound side of Rt 23 (and much of the other)... in other words, the tax-burden that you face in 5 years as a resident may well be determined by the NJ DEP's changes to corporate tax base in the near future.

#5 - This June 13th quote: “We recognize there is no silver bullet to stop flooding in the Passaic River Basin, and are making an aggressive effort to move people out of harm’s way through home buyouts and elevations in the most flood-prone areas,’’ said Commissioner Martin, NJ DEP.  Get in line for your buyout or elevation or else show up at 6pm at Pequannock High School to tell the NJ DEP that we're not moving and they need to get down to work and start building solutions with the staggering amount of money they received from the taxpayers.

See you at the meeting, July 11th, 6pm Pequannock Township High School on Sunset Rd!

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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