Friday, February 16, 2007
Much to do about Nothing
Are we the only people in attendance last night who walked away shaking our heads? Concerned residents, business owners and their employees came to share their concerns at last night's meeting. As we have stated in our previous blog, nothing much will be said until the 45 days is up for the Silver Oaks v. Matawan lawsuit appeal. At which time the Council expressed their willingness to proceed...with what, is my question? If Redevelopment of the Train Station area is going to take place, eminent domain will acquire the properties required. All parties concerned in that area have a right to be concerned. Prior to the lawsuit brought on Matawan by Silver Oaks these same parties had options, now they are between a rock and a hard place. We in Matawan will be reassessed, then receive a supposed tax break from Trenton that will put us in a situation of increased taxes anyway. However, these people are in a position where they can't sell their homes, businesses, etc. and will be subjected to whatever amount they will receive. If promises were made to any of these people that their properties wouldn't be taken, it is time to "wake up and smell the coffee." Whether or not we like it, whether or not it is fair, Redevelopment will bring eminent domain into play.