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Mayor and Council Meeting, Planning Board Meeting and More This Week

Rezoning studies, referendums and master plans--a look at the week ahead in New Milford

Two big items on the agenda for the work session portion of Monday's Mayor and Council meeting is the and discussion regarding a referendum on the proposed 'Field of Dreams' at . 

At the June 12 work session, the mayor and council was presented with a preliminary draft of the  by zoning board planner Paul Grygiel, of Phillips Preiss and Grygiel LLC. Mayor Ann Subrizi specifically asked that the planner address the location of New Milford's affordable housing requirement under COAH (Council On Affordable Housing) that the 2004 Master Plan rests solely on the United Water property.

The Executive work session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at , but the first half-hour is devoted to closed session issues. and then the public will be invited into the open portion of the work session.

The public session will begin at 7:45pm in the council chambers.


There will be a combined session of the Planning Board Tuesday at 7:30 in the council chambers of Borough Hall.

The main item on the agenda is the review of Master Plan amendments, including acquisition of flood prone properties and updating ROSI list. 


On Sunday, July 29, the are hosting their monthly "More Than Pancake" Breakfast at the Lodge from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There will be pancakes, eggs, sausage links and patties, bacon, potatoes and onions, tea, coffee, milk and orange juice.   

The New Milford Elks are located on Patrolman Ray Woods Lane.


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Barbara July 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
New Milford's mayor stated " the only way to stop overdevelopment is to stop people from coming here". This is not a statement I want to hear from a leader of the town I live in. It sounds like she has given up.  It sounds like a cop out to me. It sounds weak and not inspiring. It sounds like she has no fight left. ( Oradell beat Walgreens. I want Mayor Murray as our leader!) I want a leader who is willing to take the responsibility for land management. A leader who knows what is right and wants to protect the well being of all citizens. I want a leader who holds the vision of all the citizens not just the few or her own. I want a leader who is forward thinking in protecting the size of our town and the development of its land. We are taught at a young age to be smart about what we are responsible for. Remember the story of the three little pigs? The ones who did not act responsibly lost everything. The one who was smart and responsible kept everything and the rest looked to her for support. It is foolish to build by a river, whether it floods right now or not. This is basic common sense. I spoke with an eleven year old girl at the swim club and she stated the same. It does not make sense to build where it floods. The developer wants to make money. Our current mayor is giving into the developers. What is the real reason for our leadership's weakness?
Jeffrey DelVecchio July 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM
The Mayor's statement is downright ignorant. There are plenty of houses for sale and apartments for rent right now. Why do we need more development? A sudden influx of available housing will serve only to weaken an already fragile housing market. Not to mention the added stress on schools, police, fire, first aid, DPW, ect.
Ulises July 24, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Tonight's meeting was one of longest I've been to. We had a good turnout but the mayor made us wait forever because she was having here meeting with the planner, which they spent $5k on, to rezone the United Water property, upstairs while the public waited downstairs. So a few of us decide to go upstairs, it's about 8:30 at this point (we'd been there since 6:30 because we had our SOD meeting too), and the mayor decided they should go downstairs once we all started to gather there. If we didn't go upstairs they would have had their entire meeting without the public upstairs. That's really what politicians love to do, make all the decision without public knowledge. This Mayor is not one I trust anymore. This property could have been purchased by the town without using tax payers money. The Riverkeeper contacted Howard Berner with $1.5M as a down payment to help buy the UW property and he'd get the rest from other groups. Berner tells a few other members and that was the end of the story. I asked the mayor tonight or this morning (I left at 12:30am) if Berner told her about the Riverkeeper and she looked down and said she doesn't recall. Knowing a little about body language she was lying and I called her a liar on the record. I didn't vote for DeBari because he wanted to develop this land (there were other issues too) and I voted for the Subrizi Team because people like Berner were campaigning on no development by the high school. What liars they've become! SOD!
Anthony July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM
SOD should be looking at ways to recall the elected officials.
Joe Petrolia July 24, 2012 at 03:55 PM
After the people of N.M. win this fight. Will some politicians with a backbone step up on for the next election. I'm pretty sure this crew is done....... Good lessons to teach our kids say one thing do another. Did I say politicians with a backbone. LOL
Sam B. July 24, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Funny thing. A referendum is OK for the Field of Dreams, which would have a positive effect on our town, but not for the United Water development debacle that would be nothing short of a disaster. I often flash back to the Little League Opening Day parade, seeing Subrizi leading the parade and the children following her down the road of a town that will never be the same if this development goes through. You're 100% right Joe. I can't wait until they come up for election and are sent packing one by one. Being clueless, cowardly and deceitful will be their downfall. Hopefully, this great town will not be dragged down with them.
Linda Dewar July 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
It is my understanding that Mayor Subrizi ran for her position with helping the flood victims of this wonderful town. The United Water property overdeveloped will certainly cause more flooding, You don't have to be an engineer to figure that out. In my tax bill I was informed that our sewers are being damaged by sump pumps and illegal drainage systems.How can more development help that problem? I watched as flood water came right up to my front door. My family was safe because I do not have a basement. My neighbors were devastated!!!!! Next time my house will simply float away. Members of SOD can stop this proposterous overdevelopment. Mayor and Council you are either with us or against us. Take a stand! Linda Dewar


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