The town of Kenilworth is proof that even a small town is not immune from fiscal irresponsibility in these trying times. The current town council and zoning board have voted to slice up and sell one of the last town owned parcels of land citing desperately
needing the money for the town coffers. Letís examine a little closer.
The current Mayor has just approved a pay raise for town employees. The town of Linden is limiting the hours their employees can work to SAVE money.
The council has earmarked $7000.00 for fireworks this year-akin to rolling up tax money and setting it ablaze.
Not satisfied with selling the lots as originally sized the town paid for surveys ,engineers and color drawing to sell their micro sized lots with altered set backs. The 4 lots on N.18th St will increase traffic on a already deteriorating street by almost 50%, town taxes will pave for the repaving of the street.
Will the altered setbacks the houses will be very close to an existing baseball field. The first foul ball that breaks a window will certainly cause the new proud homeowner to demand the town or county install large, bird killing nets to stop the baseballs.
Did the current administration look into the possibility of selling the property to Green Acres program? The land borders current Green Acres property. It is likely to be able to get a provision to use it for a solar farm as Morristown is currently doing to get energy credits for the townships electricity consumption . Government grants and a possible partnership with PSE&G could have been explored for a state of the art green energy source for the town for years to come. A little forward thinking is much better then a knee jerk reaction to a problem-if the problem even existed in the first place.