WHAT’S NEW WITH THE LACEY PORTION OF THE BARNEGAT BRANCH TRAIL?
The Lacey Township Committee has spent another $250,000.00 on engineering and attorney fees for their haphazard roadway!!
What can Lacey residents do to help stop the Lacey Township Committee from their continued frivolous spending of taxpayers’ money?
More folks need to speak up at township committee meetings; voters need to educate themselves about the position of candidates who are running in the November 2014 election. I can assure you that the majority Republican party is still hell bent on building a wasteful roadway at taxpayer expense. I am unclear as to what the Democratic candidates position is on the roadway since he has not been forthcoming with his position.
The total spent in the last several years by the Township on their road project is a whopping $1,250,000.00! That amount does not include all of the spending from the period of 2000 through 2006. This project has been put before the NJDEP for the necessary CAFRA permit for the project twice and twice the permit was denied because the project did not meet State regulations on 13 points. Yet still the Lacey Townshp Committee is working behind the scenes to make the stars align so they can get their permit.
Don’t let this happen! Our preservation efforts are expensive but worth fighting for and your financial help is certainly appreciated.
SAVE IT! DON’T PAVE IT!
RESIDENTS!! TOMORROW NIGHT IS THE LACEY TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING AT 7 P.M. AT THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING ON LACEY ROAD. THE TOWNSHIP HAS ALREADY AMENDED THE BOND (LOAN) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD ON THE RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY TO INCREASE THE MONEY NEEDED FOR ENGINEERING AND ATTORNEY COSTS TO $1,250,000.
IF YOU CAN COME TO THE MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT IT WOULD BE A GREAT SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR THE TRAIL OR AGAINST THE SPENDING ON THE ROAD.
FOR FOLKS THAT WISH TO SAY A FEW WORDS TO THE COMMITTEE, THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME TALKING POINTS:
1) If you are a user of the trail, I am sure you could simply say a few words about how much of an improvement the trail is to the township;
2) it is a beautiful open space;
3) if the entire 4-mile section was completed in town and linked with the already completed Berkeley Township section how much greater of a recreational experience it would be;
4) The trail provides a safe, pedestrian route away from the perils of traffic and the pollution that goes along with it;
5) The new intersection improvement is working and there is no logjam on Rte 9 S;
6) The road is not needed and is a waste of taxpayers money;
7) The township should sell the right of way to the Trust for Public Land or New Jersey Conservation Foundation who had already expressed an interest;
8) The TPL or NJCF would likely donate their purchase to Ocean County so the county could finish the Barnegat Branch Trail in its entirety;
9) Can you imagine a 15.6-mile pedestrian trail, once completed, running through 5 municipalities of Barnegat, Ocean, Lacey, Berkeley, and S. Toms River;
10) The township has spent enough money on this “roadway money pit” and there is no good reason for it;
11) I could go on and on….I wish after 14 years the Township would realize what a gem this trail opportunity is and for them to let the County finish the trail for generations to enjoy….SAVE IT, DON’T PAVE IT!
GET OUT THERE AND ENJOY THE BEST ADDITION TO OCEAN COUNTY….THE BARNEGAT BRANCH TRAIL!
ALTHOUGH THE LACEY TOWNSHIP PORTION IS ONLY COMPLETED NORTH UP TO LACEY ROAD, RESIDENTS ARE REALLY LIKING WHAT THEY SEE!
Have YOU driven through the Route 9/Lacey Road intersection lately? Finally, after 14 years of hard advocating for the NJDOT to push this project through the pipeline, I can say it was well worth it. No more traffic logjam heading south on Route 9. The intersection traffic lights timing has also been adjusted to allow for safer passage. The cement barrier is also a much needed safety feature for pedestrians to cross. A big thank you to Senator Christopher Connors and the 9th Legislative District for their continuous support during the last 14 years.
Now residents need to stand up and tell the Lacey Township Committee…NO ROAD on the Barnegat Branch Trail! Let Ocean County develop the rest of the railroad right-of-way as a trail in Lacey! Better yet…Lacey Township should sell their portion to the Trust for Public Land so it can be donated to the county for a contiguous, safe 15.6-mile trail. Enough money spent on the Township’s road project!
ATTENTION: LACEY TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS
SAVE IT, DON’T PAVE IT! ONCE IT IS GONE, IT IS GONE FOREVER!
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 2ND. SEND IN YOUR LETTER OR EMAIL TODAY!!!
ATTACHMENT BELOW IS A SAMPLE PUBLIC COMMENT LETTER THAT SUPPORTERS CAN EMAIL OR MAIL TO THE NJDEP AS PART OF OUR ACTION ALERT. THE DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IS AUGUST 25, 2013. PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTER TODAY BY EMAIL TO: Charlie.Welch@dep.state.nj.us OR MAIL TO: Charles Welch, Supervisor, Land Use Regulation Program, P.O. Box 439, Trenton, NJ 08625. You don’t have to be a Lacey resident to send your public comment. All comment are considered and greatly appreciated!
THE LATEST PICTURES OF THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE BBT IN LACEY TOWNSHIP. HELP SAVE THIS LINEAR PARK FROM ROADWAY DEVELOPMENT AND TAKE PART IN OUR ACTION ALERT ON OUR UPDATES PAGE BY SENDING YOUR EMAIL TO THE NJDEP BEFORE AUGUST 25TH. ONCE ITS GONE, ITS GONE FOREVER!
The Barnegat Branch Trail project, when complete, will have the ability to carry bicyclists and pedestrians safely along the 15.6-mile Central Jersey Railroad Right-of-Way. Successful completion of the project will enable the Barnegat Branch Trail to join the other 43 existing and proposed rail-trail projects across New Jersey.
There are six phases of the project. Completed phases are as follows: Phase 1 stretches from Bay Avenue in Barnegat north to Country Lane in Waretown. Phase 2 connected Country Lane to Route 532 in Waretown (2.7 miles) in 2007. Phase 3 started at Cedar Creek at the railroad trestle and moved north through Bayville to Eastern Boulevard. Phase 4 connects Route 532 in Waretown to the border of Lacey Township.
This trail will provide the public with an environmentally friendly north-south non-motorized alternative transportation route traversing through the 5 municipalities of Barnegat, Ocean, Lacey, Berkeley, Beachwood, and So. Toms River. While initially the route will primarily serve recreational users, the trail use can accommodate a broader range of functional, non-recreational trips, providing some permanent relief to traffic congestion on Route 9.
For more information about the progress of the trail, visit the Ocean County Planning Department site. The downloadable file about the project includes the planning objectives, the Barnegat Branch Railroad history, a photographic & informational tour of the trail’s corridor, the trail’s benefits, and management & security factors relavent to the trail.
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