MIDDLETOWN, NJ – We are pleased to announce that Middletown Township, Hazlet Township and Holmdel Township have agreed to form Municipal Consortium to jointly oppose the application filed by JCP&L with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. JCP&L proposes to install a controversial, 10 mile long high-voltage transmission line, along the NJ Transit right-of-way from Aberdeen to Red Bank that will include towers ranging from 140 to more than 200 feet tall. Our towns have intervened at the BPU to oppose this unacceptable intrusion into our municipalities.
The law firm of Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C., a Basking Ridge-based firm, whose name partner, Murray E. Bevan, Esq. has extensive experience in BPU matters has been retained to represent the Consortium. The Albany New York office of Maser Consulting, a large engineering firm with BPU experience, headquartered in Middletown, has been retained to provide engineering services and expertise.
By standing together, we want to make clear to JCP&L that it will face determined municipal opposition to the plans as currently proposed, on top of already widespread public opposition in all of the communities impacted.
Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger of Middletown stated, “It is vital that we organize as the affected communities and work in close coordination with one another. We are hopeful that Red Bank, Aberdeen, and any other interested governmental entities join us. The sooner the better, as the schedule for this project seems to be on a relatively fast track.”
Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre, voiced his opposition to this project, “I have opposed this project from the day it was announced. Hazlet Township adopted a resolution on June 20th, 2016 opposing JCP&L and putting our concerns on the record. A two hundred foot high transmission line does not belong in the middle of our residential areas.”
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Eric Hinds, Holmdel’s Mayor stated, “I was fortunate to grow up in Middletown and enjoyed my summers at the Hazlet Swim Club. Now, I have the privilege of being the Mayor in Holmdel Township. Having spent my entire life in Monmouth County, I simply cannot support this proposal. In addition to potential health concerns, the project just does not fit the character of our Bayshore area and should not be allowed.”
In addition to our opposition to JCP&L and their proposed project, we want to also express to the leadership of New Jersey Transit our hope that they will seriously consider not only the public and municipal sentiment in making their decision to grant JCP&L an easement to use the right-of-way, but also the many public safety concerns with this project, especially during the lengthy construction period anticipated.