Dunellen Mayor Robert J. Seader appears at revitalization efforts within the borough’s downtown Transit Village.
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BRIDGEWATER – The township council might not be voting Monday evening on resolutions to request Mayor Dan Hayes and two different members of the planning board to recuse themselves from listening to the Middle of Excellence website plan software.

A vote to put the resolutions on Monday’s agenda failed at Thursday’s council work session in a tie vote. The resolutions weren’t included on the agenda posted on Friday.

The draft resolutions name for Hayes, Planning Board Chairman Ron Charles and Debra Albanese to recuse themselves from listening to the controversial software. Nonetheless, no hearings on the mission have been scheduled due to the continuing litigation between Advance Realty, the proprietor of the Route 202-206 property, and AvalonBay, the developer of the residential portion of the mission. AvalonBay alleges that Advance “has not acted in good religion.”

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The subsequent Superior Courtroom listening to within the case is scheduled for June 7. 

Presentation of the appliance has not been accomplished with extra testimony on the mission’s site visitors impression anticipated.

The battle over whether or not to put the resolutions on the agenda was the most recent skirmish within the conflict amongst factions within the township Republican Social gathering.

With two weeks to go earlier than the June four main for the GOP mayoral nomination between incumbent Mayor Dan Hayes and Council President Matt Moench, the rhetoric within the marketing campaign has reached a fever pitch and landed at historically docile all-Republican council conferences.

Hayes has been a powerful supporter of the mission and Charles and Albanese are supporting Hayes within the main. 

Councilman Filipe Pedroso, who drafted the resolutions, stated the concept had been instructed by resident Andrew Levin, a vocal opponent of the Middle of Excellence. Noting the opposition to the mission, Pedroso stated it was time for township officers “to face up for the folks.”

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However William Savo, the township lawyer, wrote a memo saying that Hayes doesn’t have a battle of curiosity and has not made any public feedback on the deserves of the appliance.

Savo additionally famous that the resolutions’ reasoning may power Councilman Howard Norgalis, who additionally sits on the planning board, to recuse himself from the listening to as nicely as a result of he had voted towards the redevelopment designation by the council.

On Friday, Hayes stated the transfer to cross the resolutions is “an try to attain political factors” and “sinks to an unprecedented stage of deplorable conduct by an elected official.” 

Councilperson Christine Rose, working on the slate with Hayes, stated the resolutions have been insulting to Charles and Albanese as a result of they have been volunteering their time to serve on the board.

By adopting the resolutions, Rose stated, that will be a press release saying the three had a battle and that would result in future litigation.

Pedroso stated the resolutions would “put our opinion on the report.”

“They need to have accomplished this from the start,” he stated.

Councilman Allen Kurdyla stated the resolutions “could be opening Pandora’s Field.”

“We’re setting a foul precedent,” he stated.

The first marketing campaign has centered on the controversial Route 202-206 Middle of Excellence redevelopment proposal, which requires 400 housing models, a resort, eating places, an 80,000-square-foot ShopRite, workplace and retail house, a wellness middle, a city inexperienced and a neighborhood backyard, is proposed for the previous Sanofi website. It’s the largest growth proposal in Bridgewater for the reason that Bridgewater Commons. 


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Ten p.c of the housing models might be devoted for inexpensive housing and are included within the township’s inexpensive housing court docket settlement. The mixed-use growth is proposed for 47 acres on the previous company campus; the remaining 62 acres will proceed to be for workplace and analysis use.

Although the mission was introduced three years in the past, and the council accredited the world as a redevelopment , opposition has been rising solely not too long ago as residents study extra in regards to the plan and categorical issues in regards to the site visitors impression.

Workers Author Mike Deak: 908-243-6607;

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