Hekemian Attorney to Make Concessions Based on Traffic Engineer's Testimony

The would-be developer of the United Water property is willing to pay their share to widen a certain intersection if the borough's traffic consultant says that it is necessary.

Cross examination of Berge Tombalakin, a borough traffic engineer, came to a close Monday evening.

Andy DelVecchio, the applicant’s attorney, questioned Tombalakin about 10 minutes and made several concessions to the board based on his responses.

“For the record, the applicant will stipulate, to the extent that there is any improvement to be made to the offsite intersection of River Road and Madison Avenue, that it will, as a condition of this board's approval, pay its pro rata share of that cost," said DelVecchio. 

Borough attorney Scott Sproviero asked Tombalakin to explore potential improvements that could be made to help traffic if the application were to pass, specifically at the intersection of River Road and Madison Avenue.

Tambalakin will begin examining potential necessary improvements and hopes to have recommendations for the board at the next meeting on Dec. 10.

Check out the video above to see the discussion between Tombalakian and DelVecchio. The line of questioning surrounds two topics. The current level of service for the intersection of River Road and Madison Avenue and the applicant's willingness to play their pro rata share. 

Casey Marie Hittel December 03, 2013 at 10:00 AM
That's great. Do they plan on adding sidewalks up and down demarest ave now that it will be a thoroughfare like faller drive to get to the shop rite from boulevard?
Cranky Fake December 03, 2013 at 11:31 AM
The whole main street intersection will need to be done over as well with "smart" traffic systems that will allow the ambulance to exit and not be caught in the gridlock that will surely occur. What about the commercial and residential buildings on the corner and down the main street side of the property, will they be "bought" out? What if the people do not want to sell? Will the town take the property through eminent domain? If I were a property owner there, I don't know if I would be really excited or really nervous. Excited about a potential payday, or nervous if I did not want to sell my property and might be forced to do so.
Lori Barton December 03, 2013 at 12:31 PM
The applicant will pay the "pro rata" share. Which means that, we, the taxpayers of New Milford would be responsible for the lion's share of the costs. Why should we have to have wider streets, more traffic and increased costs? There is NOTHING about this development that is good for New Milford.
Ulises December 03, 2013 at 03:10 PM
They also revised the ShopRite's elevation by two feet because they feel the river will get higher, which means they no longer trust the 1983 DEP flood map they've been using all along - just like we've been saying since day one. Building up along the flood Hazzard Area is a step in the wrong direction for a town with flooding issues.
Donna Tomasini December 03, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I have brought to the attention of the M&C on several occasions the problem with cut through traffic at Madison Ave. & Charles St. and Charles St. & Baldwin Ave. Liquor store delivery vans, 2 SR tractor trailers with 4 months and so many buses I have lost count. I have put complaints in to NJ Transit and SR Wakefern. I even brought it to the attention of Mr. Tambalakin and he said if its a problem already I need to address it with the town. Did that - numerous times. I even suggested that they put no thru traffic signs at these intersections, since it is a problem. Its been months and nothing to date but our taxes can pay to upgrade an intersection to accommodate a new Shop Rite and the developer. AMAZING!!


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