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Very interesting.......I recently got my hands on a copy of the "Water Redevelopment Plan". This idea to create the Harrison Re-development Agency, came from Councilman Raymond McDonoough and Councilman Peter Higgins n and about 1996.

Wasn't a bad idea, people all over the State were doing it (throughout the years we saw convictions cause of it, $$+politics = Corruption{pay to play})

Anyway, if you get a copy of this plan, which is located in the construction office at the town Hall, you can see various studies & analysis: Environmental/Traffic/Market

All which are dated 1998

After 7 years and planning changes; ie. Movie Studios, Malls, Huge office complexes, Stadiums......... WE NEED NEW STUDIES, {BEFORE THE METROSTARS IS FINAL}

On page 35 of the Redevelopment Plan their is a PLAN OF ACTION.

"Development Schedule.....

1. Waterfront walkway / Flood control project.....Ensure that the project goes to construction as soon as possible...."

#1 Flood protection is mentioned, I'm sure for Safety reasons, but it doesn't generate money like a developer, so Safety comes second like Education, our kids (JFK stadium) and Seniors.

What about the "Preliminary Study" created by Susan Gruel, P.P. Heyer, Gruel & Talley, PA. On August 14, 1998 this company made a report which they worked on since August 26, 1997 when 1st hired. No where on this report does it mention anything about the Mount Laurel Act, which our town Politicians, if not lawyers should have known. Mount Laurel act protects lower income families, making sure that a town creates affordable housing as well as Higher priced housing. This over look will cost the town Millions to tax payers, because the Harrison Redevelopment agency and the Mayor are not obligating the developers to build the low income housing, so the town will accept responsibility. AGAIN DEVELOPMENT AT ANY COST, INCLUDING HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES!!

Lets start the discussion with this.

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Guest Here is a traffic analysis by a

Redevelopment board member Thomas Powell on a Mall which could possibly attract 1,000 people maybe in December and offer triple the jobs a stadium!!

1994/01/12 Star Ledger

HARRISON BOARD REJECTS 'INCOMPLETE' MALL PLAN 

... In addition to enduring traffic generated by the mall, residents would be affected by traffic entering and exiting a proposed Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) maintenance yard that will be constructed on Cape May Street, said resident Thomas Powell. 'About 125 Public Service vehicles would be involved,' he contended. 'There is going to be too much traffic coming in and out of town.'

Gene Heller, president of G. Heller Enterprises, has said the 250,000- square-foot mall... 

, but as a member of the Harrison re-development agency, a 25,000 seat stadium is ok for traffic!!!!!!

PRICELESS

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Redevelopment board member Thomas Powell on a Mall which could possibly attract 1,000 people maybe in December and offer triple the jobs a stadium!!

PRICELESS

Here's another PRICELESS gem. The stadium is said to hold 20 to 25 thousand seats. The parking deck won't hold anything near that number. When there's a sellout event, where are the overflow cars going to park ? It's going to be interesting.

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Here's another PRICELESS gem.  The stadium is said to hold 20 to 25 thousand seats. The parking deck won't hold anything near that number.  When there's a sellout event, where are the overflow cars going to park ? It's going to  be interesting.

stadium is LOOKING GREAT,GOOD JOB MAYOR

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HERE ARE A FEW QUESTIONS:

1) How come the Harrison Redevelopment Agency doesn't have a web page?

2) How come there are so many secret meetings, that at times even councilman don't know about these meetings until the next day?

3) How come the Town doesn't have a web page?

4) How come the budget isn't on-line?

5) How come since 1997, were working on 9 years, we only have a Hotel from the Harrison Development Agency? And the property on which that Hotel was put on wasn't even on the original re-development area, it was made a re-development area some time in 2001 when the idea of a hotel came about.

6) How come after 9 years of having a re-development agency, not only has nothing been done, BUT MY TAXES WENT UP EVERY YEAR!!!

7) How come no one has continued Millans work (SIDD/NPP) and fixed up Harrison Ave or FER BLVD.?

8) How come the Mayor surrounds himself with people like Peter Higgins, who couldn't win an election against Doran who seems useless in town; or Tom Powell who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth after he had no more jobs to give at PVSC & can build his 2 family homes......

I DON"T KNOW HOW THIS MAYOR CAN RUN IN 2006

SOMEONE PLEASE STEP UP.

STOP THE METROSTARS BEFORE IT'S TO LATE.

THANK YOU

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Guest taxes up / redevelopment the sam

what else is new? the Mayor, Pete and friends are closer to retirement

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HERE ARE A FEW QUESTIONS:

1) How come the Harrison Redevelopment Agency doesn't have a web page?

2) How come there are so many secret meetings, that at times even councilman don't know about these meetings until the next day?

3) How come the Town doesn't have a web page?

4) How come the budget isn't on-line?

5) How come since 1997, were working on 9 years, we only have a Hotel from the Harrison Development Agency?  And the property on which that Hotel was put on wasn't even on the original re-development area, it was made a re-development area some time in 2001 when the idea of a hotel came about.

6) How come after 9 years of having a re-development agency, not only has nothing been done, BUT MY TAXES WENT UP EVERY YEAR!!!

7) How come no one has continued Millans work (SIDD/NPP) and fixed up Harrison Ave or FER BLVD.?

8) How come the Mayor surrounds himself with people like Peter Higgins, who couldn't win an election against Doran who seems useless in town; or Tom Powell who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth after he had no more jobs to give at PVSC & can build his 2 family homes......

I DON"T KNOW HOW THIS MAYOR CAN RUN IN 2006

SOMEONE PLEASE STEP UP.

STOP THE METROSTARS BEFORE IT'S TO LATE.

THANK YOU

There's an old adage. "knowledge is power". With that in mind, the mayor and council have prohibited residents from asking questions at council meetings, so they don't have to give you any information.

They have also scheduled council meetings at inconvenient times and scheduled "special meetings" without adequate notification, all to limit resident participation. To a large degree, the mayor and council operate a "secret society", with the purpose of telling the residents as little as possible. And understand one thing, they're all in on it, all the council people and the mayor are in this "secret society" together. Have you ever heard any councilman say they object to residents being unable to ask a question at a council meeting ?? And you never will. Was there a referendum held to see what residents thought about a soccer stadium and borrowing 40 million dollars to finance it ?? Of course not. Only the voters can do anything about this draconian form of government . And if the voters don't demand the mayor "open the doors of town hall" then nothing will ever change.

Whoever is elected mayor next year will carry on this same "secret society" , unless the voters put an end to it. We'll all see what the residents of Harrison are made of.

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Here's another PRICELESS gem.  The stadium is said to hold 20 to 25 thousand seats. The parking deck won't hold anything near that number.  When there's a sellout event, where are the overflow cars going to park ? It's going to  be interesting.

Will you stop it already. That stadium will never sell out. You'll never have 20 to 25,000 people there.

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Will you stop it already.  That stadium will never sell out.  You'll never have 20 to 25,000 people there.

Really ?? And how did you come to that conclusion ? Crystal ball ?

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