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Hekemian To Address Site Plan Revisions This Week In New Milford

Public gets to hear Hekemian's experts explain the revised site plan revisions, and more this week in New Milford.

The monthly meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission wil be Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7pm in the upstairs conference room at Borough Hall. The New Milford Historic Preservation Commission is charged with preserving the integrity of the borough's historic heritage as the birthplace of Bergen County through preservation and archiving of buildings, land, and items of historic value; through research into the people, events, and locations that have formed that history, through public education programs for all ages, and through commendations for borough residents and organizations that have aided this mission.

The regular monthly meeting of the Zoning Board of Adjustment will be Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7pm in the Council Chambers of Borough Hall. The proposed development of the United Water Property will be on the agenda along with the Board's regularly scheduled items.

Last week Hekemian submitted substantial site plan revisions to the proposed development of the 13-acre United Water property. The revisions, which replace a considerable number of proposed housing units and the proposed restaurant with flood storage basins, appear to be designed to alleviate the public's concerns regarding increased flooding in that area should the development be approved.

The revised plans reflect 24 proposed housing units as opposed to the 221 unit multi-family housing complex that was proposed on the original plans.

The questions of whether or not these proposed 24 housing units will be set aside for affordable housing is expected to be answered by Hekemian's architect, Christian Lessard of Lessard Architectural Group, who is tentatively scheduled to appear.

NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet December 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Only comments from Annie I heard were to show her the money. Even when it came to light that there was POSSIBLE 1.5 (River Keeper, SWAN or whomever) she kept saying have that person come forward. Casey may have said we "MAY" be able to apply for SMALL grants (NO $ AMOUNT WAS EVER MENTIONED) but there is NEVER a guarantee of receiving grants. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD LISTEN TO THE TAPES OF ALL THESE MEETINGS AS THE MINUTES. I am getting really annoyed now people are insinuating these officials are and were hiding information. Sitting at all those meetings, I know different. If any of this is true regarding $8.5M being available, then SHAME SHAME SHAME ON MARLENE CASEY AND HOWARD BERNER FOR HIDING IT!!! And shame on the DB (aka tony, and others and their liars and fakes on here)! I listened to Mayor Ann, and I know she was trying to help the majority of taxpayers. Never trying to hide funds. You people are completely foolish if you are buying this propaganda that Marlene Casey is spewing to make a buck! And how much $ did she offer to Howard Berner as his cut? There are MANY dead soldiers in Ms. Casey's wake of CUTS and DEALS she's offered on grants. SHE IS A MAJOR LIAR HERE!
ConnieMcKnight December 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
May I ask what is literal fact and what is fabricated fiction? Is there a website where I can read what Mr. Berner and Miss Casey actually said? After all the Comments I've read, allegations are numerous, but where is the documentation? Why did Mr. Berner wait until now to relate his story? What is Miss Casey's commission and/or compensation for being a Grant's writer? All these allegations seem to always indirectly present Messr's Robalino, Collucci, Sheehan and Mrs Subrizi as being on the take from Inserra, Hekemian and United Water. Please don't be vague? Simply say - "I know for a fact that the individuals above did in fact commit a RICO violation." Or whichever crime has been spoken about ? From the sound of the many Comments, I wish you would bring a lawsuit against any individual who has broken the law. If in fact, they did. Thank you. "truth let out" and "information was suppressed" surely alleges intentional impropriety and should be looked into by law enforcement.
Ulises December 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
The only one that suppressed information was the Mayor. The Mayor controls the agenda and did not want to put this information on the agenda for a M&C vote because she favors developing this property. Howard and Marlene did their work but they hit a road block and unfortunately it was our Mayor. This is the truth of what actually happened and by next month this will be all over the papers because Marlene will attend a M&C meeting to discuss what we can do going forward. The truth hurts but it always prevails.
ConnieMcKnight December 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Thank you. I look forward to a full blown Federal Bureau of Investigation look into this. The RICO law is not to be played with. And it will be very interesting to see all the people who have Commented here be subpoenaed to testify. A legitimate investigation drags everyone into court. Then fabrication will be removed, the truth will become known and partisan motives will be laid out for all to see.
Ulises December 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I doubt the FEDS will ever get involved with this and it's not worth it because we could still set this on the right path without the cost and circus that an investigaion will bring to the town. Nevertheless, I only speak the truth so I have no problems getting investigated on what I've said here. Please attend tonight's ZB meeting to find out more. SOD!
Heather December 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I do not believe any elected official in NM was paid off and I wish people would stop making this accusation as there is no evidence to support it. I believe Mayor Subrizi supported (and continues to support) development because she believes it is the right thing for NM. The problem lies in the fact that it appears that Mayor Subrizi hid information from the council (except Howard) instead of bringing it forth and having a thorough discussion about how NM should proceed. Mayor Subrizi had the votes on the council in 2011 to do whatever she wanted so her secrecy was unwarranted and, imho, unethical. While Howard is now lauded for coming forward with this information, I believe he is as responsible as Mayor Subrizi for our current situation. He had the information when it could have changed the course of things but he did nothing. And he only came forward with this information after he lost the election last month. He wants to run for higher office but his timing shows he's playing a political game and is as unethical, imho, as Mayor Subrizi. With respect to grants - all grants writers are paid a percentage of the grant but only if the grant is granted. They receive nothing if the grant is not accepted. Yes, Ms. Casey would have gotten paid if the grants she applied for were successful. It's a business and she deserves to be paid for her successful efforts. But when the grants she writes for NM are successful, it's NM that benefits the most!
miriam pickett December 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
In 2011 there were grants totaling $7.2 million available to purchase this property. Rather than actively pursue these grants, Mayor Subrizi actively suppressed all information regarding their availability and did nothing to help New Milford keep this property in municipal hands. From the very beginning she supported the idea of developing this property and seemed to think that a giant supermarket and strip mall was what the public wanted. When Hekemian threw her a curve by presenting a plan that included a massive residential component, she tried to get the zoning changed to accomodate the original plan, thereby giving him the property on a silver platter. For those of you who did not attend last night's SOD meeting, we heard in detail, exactly how this property was lost and what we can now do to keep it in the community's hands. If you want more specifics, contact us at our email address sodnow@yahoo.com and we'll be happy to answer your questions with the facts.
Ann Piccirillo December 11, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I encourage everyone to attend the next meeting of the mayor and council on Dec. 17 at 7:45pm and ask your questions in that, more appropriate, forum where those who are being questioned in the comments have the opportunity to answer those questions. To speculate here, and put forth serious accusations that can damage a person's reputation, regardless of affiliation, without giving them a chance to defend themselves is not something this editor will promote on this site.
tony g2010 December 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
When there is a legitimate offer of sale of the largest undeveloped parcel in town and that information is not brought forward by the governing body then THEY DID HIDE INFORMATION. This is not an INSINUATION IT IS A FACT!!! I am glad that you are annoyed, so am I, as a matter of fact I am pissed that the people I voted for, screwed this town, screwed my friends, screwed me and screwed our children. If you did not think you could afford the tax increase in buying the property, just wait to see what happens to your taxes when this piece of crap gets built. Perhaps if you did not spend the past six years attending town meetings, rather than working, ends would be meeting much better for you.
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet December 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
And who precisely provided this so called factual information in detail miriam? Casey? Berner? How does anyone know who to believe? Why did BERNER WITHHOLD INFORMATION FOR SO LONG? Clearly he had it. What kind of antics is he & Mrs. Casey playing? For what benefit? I don't disagree or agree with anything said. I form my own opinion & right now I know from attending meetings what did & did not happen. I was at the meeting when the mayor went around the table asking council's opinion on the property & at one point the attorney stopped their comments. There were mixed comments stated at that time - for & against development AND BERNER could have easily made his "way too late info" heard then. Who is he kidding? This is hogwash & a ridiculously yet incredible defamation to the mayor & others character. Maybe Berner & Mrs. Casey need to pick their PARTY affiliation first to be believable then try force-feed the members of THIS COMMUNITY -- inclusive of SOD -- their line of "business." And as a businessman for many a year, this is certainly is all about business. Lastly to our editor, young lady, you have perpetuated much of this hogwash already. Why are you so concerned about all the defamation & character assassinations now? Where have you been for the past year?
miriam pickett December 11, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Sorry you feel this way New Milford Dad. Ann has done a wonderful job covering this story. She has given both sides ample space on the Patch to state their cases. As for my own comments, I certainly don't feel I defamed anyone by stating the truth. There were ample grants available and the grant administer was not allowed to address the council and give them valuable information that might have changed theiir minds and their votes.
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet December 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
This Mrs. Casey that you are applauding. She only came out of the closet to side with Berner? Why so little so late? Why didn't she, in her position of INFORMATION, send a letter with her information to ALL COUNCIL members and the attorney? Or why didn't she have her good friend Mr. NMResident (aka Berner?) write letters to the editor of The Patch or the TwinBoro News then? Was it not important to either of them at that time? When the time was PRIME? Let's call a spade a spade Miriam. It's all water long-run under the bridge. You make the town folk and the mayor your enemy. When the real devil in all this is United Water, Inserra, and last but not least Hekemian. How foolish are you all. The only good thing that was ever on the table to this land that unfortunately was ALLOWED TO SLIP THROUGH THE TOWN'S HANDS BY PAST ADMINISTRATIONS YES MIRIAM - THE PAST ADMINISTRATION IS AT TOTAL FAULT HERE. So Hekemian came back with a field at their first presentation vs. the row houses. If memory serves, NO ONE wanted that either. No one wants anything there. But this god forsaken past MAYOR AND HIS COUNCIL PERSONS were the ones at fault, who are now trying to smell like the proverbial rose. How much of the wool do you allow to be pulled over your eyes?
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet December 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Now I know all their bullies will be out in full force as soon as King Tony G, AKA DeB makes a few heated phone calls. But let's face it. If he wasn't making horrible plans to that land and having loads of dirt removed in the middle of the night, for mysterious reasons, and prepping that land for it's prime sale to the highest bidder, maybe much of this wouldn't be the case. Where was SOD when 200+ filled the former mayor's chambers to defy what his VISION AND PLAN WAS THEN. Now go take your hogwash and sell it back to whoever you want. But none of his henchmen/women and fake personalities on this Blogspace will say honestly that this is all about politics, and it STINKS! SOD is and should do what they are doing. But not at the cost of unfair attacks. Where were you all during all the M&C meetings when this all unearthed? Who's stoking the fires much? Who is paying into this? Is the former mayor a silent board member? How much is there that's not being told to all the COMMUNITY. I have sat very quietly as always, but am sickened by you or any of the false folks on trying to create anything more that a political load of LIES. I don't buy it, nor should any of you with a brain!
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet December 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
And YES frank, I am employed. And am making ends meet. And no Frank, don't buy your CRAP as you put it. And with a wing and a prayer, many of our fine NM townspeople won't either.
tony g2010 December 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Let's try this again. The formal offer to sell the property to the town came under the current Mayor's term and she did not act. There is plenty of blame to go around about lost opportunities by past administrations as it relates to this property, but the FACT is that this Mayor did nothing to secure this property when it was officially offered to the town. Your argument against who the "real devils" are in all of this is misguided and plain wrong. United Water offered it to the town first, when they were ignored, not even the courtesy of a formal response, they offered it for sale to a private investor, who contracted to buy the land and develop it. Simple as that. If the Mayor had done the right thing out in the open, with public input, she would not be getting pummeled the way she is, the outcome very well might have been the same. I am no fan of Berner, I agree with you that he did not stand up, when the Mayor pushed this to the side, but at least he came clean.
Mary McElroy December 11, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The direct quote from Ulises was "The truth was let out about all that transpired last year and how we had the full asking price ($7.2M) to purchase this property out right but the information was suppressed." Those are some very serious accusations. I will be at the next M&C meeting to hear Ms. Casey personally & if I don't hear that then we had better see a public apology by Ulises & SOD. If we do hear that, then we address it. Further, I find it very intereting that Mr. Berner & several council members sat at the last council meeting & never even mentioned Ms. Casey. Yet both sides talked & wrote on the Patch endlessly pre-election about grants, etc. The idea to get Ms. Casey to a public meeting came from the audience-not one single council member brought it up. It's been my feeling that there's been a reluctance to even talk about the issue-other than from those who are for rezoning. I have heard more info. on the Patch about alternate plans & grants then I've heard in public meetings. I'm wondering why Mr. Berner, a lame duck, but still on the council takes the show on the road with SOD. This is the same guy who SOD set up @candidates night with Lori's last question of the evening! Howard's anwer was not factual & while it played to the SOD crowd, it had the intended blow with those of us who wanted the field. To see Mr. Berner stumble to come up with his answer was enlightening for those of us who might be interested in integrity in an elected official.
Ulises December 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet, you go by a fake name and yet you're calling out everyone with fake names on the Patch and your're associating them with a real person. It's commical. Your attacks sound like someone I know who doesn't want me to reference his name on the Patch (the Debari initials and being hung up on them is a dead giveaway). Way too funny.
tony g2010 December 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM
This gets better and better. For your information, I am not a SOD member, nor am I Frank DeBari (I agree that his actions put us in this situation), but rather a close to 50 year old Republican who has lived in town for 20+ years, who has voted Republican across the board and down the line since 18 years old, (with the exception of Rebsch and Berner this year, held my nose and voted for Ashley and Putrino)and voted for the FOD. Quite honestly I do not want to see a super Shoprite and apartments on the property, a wonderful place for our children would be ideal , but it really will not impact me day to day, other than the major tax increases and lower property values that are sure to come. My purpose for joining in this blog is threefold, first to express my humble opinions, secondly to play devils’ advocate and finally to prompt people to get passionate about these issues. To me, this is not about politics, this issue is about honesty, integrity and leadership, or the lack thereof, in this town. I apologize for taking a shot at you in my earlier post, it is commendable that you have invested so much time into attending civic meetings, but I did not appreciate you inferring I was a liar and a fake because that honestly is not the case.
miriam pickett December 11, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Tony, you are a voice of reason.
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet December 11, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Tony/Frank/Whoever are, by far, NOT who you claim to be and the only thing we have in common is we BOTH didn't vote Republican this past election. Still in bed with your UW boys I see. Now about that waterfront....... And the fact that you believe Berner is clean clearly dictates who and what you are. Ulises, you are grossly mistaken. Vinny Vin Etch or whatever name that guise is using these days, is not me. I can understand your guessing game antics, but insulting my intelligence is not neighborly. I can positively say he and I are nothing alike. And since nearly the same 5 people come on here using an entire series of false names, you have no business judging a single one. You only take kind to those sharing your opinion REGARDLESS of what cloak they are shrouded under that particular moment. You also are not reading correctly as I did not dismiss the beliefs of SOD, just the clearly political nature behind it. Miriam I'm sure frank has a place for you in the future. His favored swarm all will, just as in years past. We ALL know that's how he runs things.
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet December 11, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Ulises my last comment because I find your nonsense exhausting. You sound like a child, although I have grandchildren with more sense than you. I don't enjoy tangling with an unarmed opponent.
tony g2010 December 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Final words from me on this, I am Tony not Frank. Personally and professionally I do not care for the United Water Company at all, mainly for what they did to the legacy Hackensack Water Company employees when they bought them and how they have "whored" out their watershed and then publically “wonder” why property down steam floods all of a sudden; have no clue what the "waterfront" in your statement means and finally never once stated Berner, or anyone else for that matter, was "clean" nor "dirty" in all of this. I really think what this comes down to is our governing body is out of their league in such a high stake deal and the mistakes that have been and continue to be made by them are going to cost us all dearly. Dad, we can be civil moving forward or nasty, the choice is yours.
NM Resident December 11, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Just a thought, but isn't it possible to private message each other on patch, poster to poster, with some of these reply arguments- and try, as a group, to keep the public thread on these stories "cleaner"? By the time these occasional pieces dissolve into chaos, it marginalizes the whole platform and we loose a very good, public, well read platform to have community discussions. I'm not passing judgement, just an observation...
Ulises December 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Ms. McElroy, why would I say something that is not true? Why would Howard lie? Why would Marlene lie? I was repeating what was told to us last night. This was never brought up at a M&C meeting because the mayor controls the agenda and Howard was the only member stating we should purchase this property and that's in the minutes. Ask those that attended and they'll utter the same thing I stated here. Better yet ask our grant writer yourself. Once I found this out a few months ago I couldn't support the HS field going to the middle school and I stated that here many times. I even sent you an email about my finding and we need to talk. The truth hurts but lets work together to make this right, especially now that there's more council members in favor of pursuing what the grant writer was ready to do last year.
John DeSantis December 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I was at the meeting at the senior center last night. Marlene did say she had the 7.2 million in grants and that the Mayor told her not to tell a soul. Howard gave a detailed time line that confirmed everything that Marlene said.
Ann Piccirillo December 12, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Editor's note: The comments section is a wonderful place where opinions and ideas can be shared and the MERITS of those opinions and ideas be debated. It is not the place for name calling and/or unfounded accusations. Any comments not directly related to the facts of the article are subject to deletion.They serve only to interrupt the genuine conversation taking place about a very important issue that will ultimately define the future of New Milford.
delgado December 12, 2012 at 03:47 AM
It is important to realize that there is a greater issue going on. The Bergen County Republicans support development and the Hekiman Company is a big Republican contributor (its on the NJ ELEC website) additionally the Republican New Milford mayor has a County job as well, working for Republican County Exe. Donovan, who wants massive development.... Its terrible what is going on.
Mary McElroy December 12, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I said that you made a very serious accusation here-you said we had 7.2 million dollars outright to purchase the property & the mayor suppressed that info. That's a lot different than having an opportunity to secure grant money to purchase the property. I also never questioned Mr. Berner's accounts of the grant money, I can only go by what I've seen & when he was put in an uncomfortable situation at the end of candidates night, he was less than accurate in his answer. When you're put on the spot & rather than owning your actions, you make something up, then that's a red flag with me. If you want to wrap him up in the SOD embrace then be my guest. As for Ms. Casey, who do you think brought her up at the last M&C meeting? I know you keep saying that the Mayor controls the agenda but does she have some type of invisible duct tape over our representatives mouths? They talked about the UW property & that there would be no discussion of rezoning, but no one with an alternate plans raised one single point about achieving that vision. Same too with COAH obligation, the question came from the audience about what's being done. I absolutely do not buy it that the mayor controls the agenda-so we've elected people who are afraid to bring up an issue or don't know how to jump in and have a say? I'm interested in hearing what Ms. Casey has to say and hearing her describe what grant money is available now, but I'm not interested in the political game that's being played.
Ulises December 12, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Mary, I knew about your M&C motion to invite her, I was so happy when I found out, and don't you think Marlene would have called me out on my comments by now? Or, that I may have cleared this with her already as I did in public at the SOD meeting this week? I'm not lying and this is not political. I'm fighting for the same thing you fought for in April 2011, a field and a park by the high school, and not a compromise at the middle school.
NewMilfDadMakinEndsMeet January 04, 2013 at 06:37 PM
delgado? you are completely incorrect in everything you stated above. Perhaps you should go back to your liberal perch in your own town.

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