I would like to address the misleading and disingenuous claims that the Milltown Republican candidates posted in the Home News Tribune on October 11, 2011.
The only obvious effort the Republican Council took with regard to the relocation of our Electrical Utility Sub-Station was to walk away from the negotiations of 50 Washington Ave. over approximately $300,000.00. The candidates should be embarrassed that they are taking credit for proposals with regard to the substation. I have been proposing we elevate the switchgear building since taking office on January 3rd, 2011.
Councilman Ryan and I have participated in many meetings and discussions both pre and post Hurricane Irene and therefore believe we are responsible in great deal for the shift of priority from Fire House to Sub-Station. Clearly our campaign of last year supports thefact that Councilman Ryan and myself are looking out for the best interest of the Borough of Milltown. We debated not only relocation of the Sub-Station but elevation as well.
Ironically the Republican Candidates accuse others of making this issue political yet the Republican controlled Council continues to conduct business while excluding the minority from the process. One of the reasons Councilman Ryan and I sat silent during audience comments during the September 12 council meeting was because we wanted to hear the residents’ concerns and complaints and not engage in negative dialogue which clearly was the case for others.
It is apparent that Republican candidate’s words carry no weightfor during the entire state of emergency the Republican led leadership of our Fire Department was noticeably absent. This behavior seems to be typical of the lack of leadership demonstrated over the course of the last several years.
Let the record also reflect had it not been for my private and public persistence the removal of the train trestle and consideration of other steps towards mitigation would not be part of the current debate.
With regard to our efforts to improve our communication with residents we once again have the resources of Middlesex County to thank, much like the fact that the lack of Leadership on the part of the Fire Department led to the need for an inter-local agreement with the Middlesex County Fire Marshall.
We are committed to work together with current council and the residents to find the best solutions for Milltown in this great time of need as long as we are fully informed at all times…something that has been addressed with the current council and is well on its way of being rectified.
If anyone would like further clarification please do not hesitate to contact me.
Milltown Borough Councilman