MAYOR VALLONE ADDRESSES AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT MAY 13, 2019 COUNCIL MEETING
Mayor Vallone read into the minutes for the Council and residents in attendance at the May 13, 2019 Council meeting the statement read to the Planning Board on May 6, 2019. In addition, reference was made to a timely article in the Bernardsville News, May 9th issue titled "Game Changer" highlighting that the Borough's Court approved COAH plan for the Pulte Development on Errico Acres will be deeded Age Restricted for the Market Rate Units, truly a beneficial event for the Borough and something the Mayor and Council have been championing for since the end of 2018.
In addition, our Borough Attorney Joseph Sordillo once again addressed the misinformation surrounding an $800,000.00 prospective donation that would be used for the benefit of all residents through enhancement of the Fairgrounds and the Borough at Large.
Mayor Paul J. Vallone, MD addressed affordable housing at the May 6, 2019 Planning Board meeting.
Thank you Mr. Chairman, Members of the Board, Ladies and Gentlemen:
This evening, I want to address two COAH related issues. One being very good news relating to the Borough’s Court plan.
But before that I want to address the Preserve Far Hills.org group and website run by Amy Pressler, George Mellendick and Frank Semcer and the great amount of misinformation, fabrication of fact and inaccuracies that have been disseminated to the residents of Far Hills.
The attorney representing Preserve Far Hills filed a complaint and summons with the Superior Court of New Jersey on April 29, 2019 and as such the Borough is now in litigation with this group which may result in protracted and costly expense to our residents.
While some of the residents associated with the Preserve Far Hills Facebook page profess to want to work together, a posting which has called for the recall of myself as Mayor and the entire Borough Council; which by the way is the best group of Council members any municipality could ask for, is hardly a harmonious moment in Far Hills.
During a recent phone conversation with Mr. Portelli to discuss the statements posted on the Preserve Far Hills Facebook page and various statements made by residents at Borough Council and Planning Board meetings, he categorically denied ever saying the quote attributed to him on the April 22, 2019 Facebook post. He also denied knowing Mr. Schwester and only took his call because “he called me incessantly” and gave the impression that he (Mr. Schwester) was authorized to speak on behalf of Far Hills. As requested by residents, our Borough Attorney, Mr. Joseph Sordillo and Planner, Mr. David Banisch met with Mr. Portelli of RPM Development on April 11, 2019 and during that meeting Mr. Portelli also related this sentiment.
To date, RPM Development has not provided our Borough professionals the final projected costs following the April 11, 2019 meeting. So, I ask you, where did Preserve Far Hills obtain the grossly understated numbers as detailed in the mailer, which appear to be understated by many millions of dollars based on what we know so far from RPM Development? Again, another misrepresentation of the facts.
The flyer also misrepresents the cost estimate for the Borough’s plan. The cost estimate to the Borough of 2.5 million dollars for land acquisition is totally inaccurate and false. The Borough of Far Hills is not purchasing this property; it is being purchased by a third party and there will be NO cost to Borough for this land acquisition. The numbers projecting tax revenues are again misrepresented and are dramatically underestimated and self-serving to the “Did You Know” group, who apparently, do NOT know!