Monday, November 21, 2016

Lakewood township now encouraging public to attend masterplan committee meetings after public outcry

 It was in mid July when a reporter (here)walked in on a subcommittee meeting that was taking place in private and refused to leave when asked to. The reporter told the committee they are violating state law by meeting in closed session and are in violation of the open meetings act by not letting the public know. The meeting was called,
 Now Lakewood township reversed its decision and is openly reaching out and encouraging the public to attend the meetings. The next transportation subcommittee meeting will take place tomorrow. the Township posted this on its website:
 "The Transportation Subcommittee of the Master Plan Advisory Board will meet on Nov 22 at 5:30pm in the Court Room of the Lakewood Township Municipal Building. This subcommittee is tasked
with recommendation for traffic and circulation improvement.
Public attendance is encouraged. Participants are asked to pre-type their suggestions/comments to be handed into the chairman."

10 comments:

  1. Hi. I got today in the mail the new assessed value for my house, and it jumped over 150k, when my house is new and we got the c/o in 2015, that means all houses from 2010/11/12 or even older will see a bigger increase as they were assessed very low before.
    I think you have start writing about that and to wake up the tzibur.
    We have to make sure that the BOE doesn't take advantage of it, by being able to increase their budget tremendously but not increasing the percentage point paid per 1000 value and putting the fault on the higher assessment.
    Obviously lakewood will now pay a higher share for the County and state share of the taxes, but that is a small fraction of the tax levy.
    We have to make sure the BOE and the township aren't taking advantage on the backs of lakewood residents.

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    1. Our taxes will increase exponentially every year until we stop building new housing. It will take years to recover from all the new housing. We need to only focus on commercial and industrial. Unfortunately we are now losing many more businesses in industrial park and our taxes will rise accordingly. We need to return to the old zoning maps, pre menashe and meir. We need TO ONLY focus on commercial and industrial and maybe in 5 years we can stabilize these increases .

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  2. The assessor who came to my house told us that they are reassessing the values of the houses in order to pay for all the infrastructure that this town is going to need. (Since the builders did not pay for any of it now we will be paying) Dont worry Menashe will gloat that out taxes have not increased.

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    1. you must have misunderstood him. the township was ordered by the state to do the reassessment because of the fluctuating real estate market in Lakewood and the high number of appeals in the last assessment.
      maybe he meant the reason taxes will go up (or the reason the rate won't go down so much even after homes are reassessed at higher values) is to pay for infrastructure.

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  3. keep giving away township land around cedarbridge for a song...

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    1. ask "him" why he dropped his lawsuit against the cedarbridge deal.

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  4. Forget about the upcoming oak street corridor, I have a different issue.
    Who had the brilliant idea to put school after school after school in the exact same area. Tashbar, YTT, Bnos Devora, Kol Torah, Bais Tova, Tiferes, Shiras Devora, Chen BY, Meoros, Schi, Bais Kaila, and whatever else is being built there, ALL IN THE EXACT SAME LOCATION.
    Didn't anyone think of the traffic consequences. I drove today from Oak & Vine - when school was just over, to the center of town, took me over an hour!
    Rabosai - where's the seichel????

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  5. Faulkner act is on its way.

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  6. UPS is leaving the Industrial Park,more TAXES on the way

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    1. Wow! UPS is leaving Lakewood! Wow, Lakewood tTownship is really doing well for themselves. I bet the committee can't figure it out. They're probably saying to themselves, "I can't figure out why any body would want to leave our beautiful town?"
      And Reinman wants to put in money and expand the airport. Whatever for? So that business people can save time by flying in to Lakewood & then lose all the time they saved by sitting in horrible traffic???
      Can these guys see more than 3 feet ahead of themselves?
      Township people: Try hard, when you want do do carry out one of your brilliant ideas, think what will be the natural consequence that will follow. [i.e. Lots of construction = lot's of traffic] Try. It'll be hard in the beginning but after a while, you get used to it and it gets easier.

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