Please Join us at the Town Council Meeting on May 14, 2012 at 8:30pm in support of saying "NO" to a firehouse at the Upper Main Street/Elks Lodge Site
Source of Cell Tower Information Questioned
Just to dispute any misunderstandings about where we got the information about a possible cell tower. Please check out this image from South Rivers Master Plan. Zoomed in images are provided as well. Plans to place a cell tower there at this time are not definite, but they want to discourage the construction of other towers in areas not designated for a future cell tower site. The ONLY location designated as a future site is the green dotted Elks Lodge Location. A year ago, when the council was questioned about plans for a cell tower, they implied they had no intentions of placing one at that location. According to this Master Plan, not only does the map show, but the description about the intended new firehouse on the Main Street location both imply the intentions are now to place it there if need be. The Coalition of Concerned South River Citizens did not design and hand out fliers with this claim on them to alarm residents with false information. We send out fliers with factual information provided to us by our own Borough. Research has shown us that, not all residents in town are aware of some of this information and we are just sharing the content available to all residents. If you are interested in reading the rest of the towns Master Plan it can be found here at this link Borough of South River Master Plan , though I will inform you that it is a 119 page document and may take some time to load so please be patient.
Benevolent Elks Sue Homeowners
Here is a link to the Sentinel's article showcasing the legal action the Elks have taken against homeowners next to the Elks Lodge who hold the restriction in their deed. The irony is these homeowners have to defend themselves against the "Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks". The deed restriction states, that the property must be used for residential purpose only if the Elks ever decided to sell it, as they are trying to do now. The Elks were given this property for free, they would be taking no loss. Is the town using the Elks as a weapon to attack their own citizens?
What the article doesn't state, is that there was no town vote on the matter of spending almost one million dollars for the purchase of this property. As well, as an additional 8.5 for the construction, charged to taxpayers of South River, NJ. Shouldn't we have a say on what and where we are spending this money?
Jesse Hare, one of our members of the CCSRC gave a follow up phone interview with BERT BARON of WCTC 1450 AM Radio. The CCSRC would like to thank Bert Baron and WCTC AM for giving us the opportunity to speak about this situation and publicly speak about how we support the South River Fire Department, just not the Elks Lodge Location on Main Street.
If you would like to hear the previous interview please click the audio recording below. Jesse speaks about the proposed firehouse situation, why the Elks lodge is a bad site and what we are doing to stop not only a firehouse, but any commercialized building at this location.
Cell Tower….fool me once
One year ago the council implied to opposing South River residents that the firehouse at the Elks Lodge location was a done deal. Now, we find out about the deed restriction that they were aware of through the entire process. On that same night, they told us they had no intention of putting a cell tower there. Could that have been a misleading statement as well?
We all know what the negative effects of a cell tower are. Do you want to live next to one?
Here is a link to a similar situation in Bridgewater, NJ. This is what Fire Departments can be forced to resort to when money is tight.
Email explanation of the design of our lawn signs:
This email was sent to me after purchasing one of our signs to support the opposition of the Elks Lodge location. I thought that the explanation to the question is something important that others may be wondering as well. It was suggested by another member of the CCSR to post this explanation of our support lawn sign prior to receiving this email, but I had not managed to add the update yet. After receiving the email this morning I see that this was something that should have been updated at the time of the suggestion. I apologize if anyone may have mis-understood the meaning of our support sign. Please feel free to email any other questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
EMAIL TO US:
Can you explain the question mark after "Firehouse. Yes?"
Is the implication we don't need a firehouse?
P.S. One sign will be enough, I don't have room for another.
Yes that is correct. Though we all agree that the elks lodge location is the wrong spot for a firehouse some people feel that a NEW one is not needed at all. Because, in addition to the options of a different location that another viable and more affordable option for the town would be to spend money on renovating the current firehouse or following the advice of our governor and consolidating services with nearby towns. We all agree the firemen deserve a safe working environment, and the current conditions are unsuitable but perhaps if money was spent on renovation and continuous maintenance other money could be spent for other town improvements. So when our concerned citizens group decided on the design of the sign we took those thoughts and opinions into consideration.
Thank you for asking to clarify the question mark I wouldn't want the wrong message to be sent out to our firemen or the rest of the town. So, I will actually have the explanation of your question posted on the website for anyone else who may be wondering as well.
But I will leave you with this thought, had the town budgeted money or enough money for continuous maintenance over the years for the current firehouse it would not be in such poor condition that our firemen would be in such dire need. So if our council spends almost eleven million on a new one, and we follow the same pattern of ignoring needed repairs and letting safety fall to the wayside till the new firehouse is unsuitable, how much will they want to spend again for yet another building?
What's the secret, guys?
Here is an article from the Sentinel's website about the closed meeting in December of 2010 when the decision about the Elks Property Sale was made.