What? More Muni Garage Work Today?
Trucks and equipment arrive with work crew
More ammunition for people who say Mayor Dawn Zimmer ignored the need to act quickly to secure DEP approvals to meet Municipal Garage sale deadlines.
Shortly after 7:00am this (Friday) morning, a work crew arrived to do more environmental remediation work – one week after the sale-closing deadline!
A large truck full of heavy gravel towing a front-end loader on a trailer is among the equipment seen on the site today. Work started in an area of the garage interior where pneumatic lifts had been located. Oil leakage from those lifts were among the environmental remediation action items that should have been dealt with a year ago in order to secure a No-Further-Action letter from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
This NFA letter was necessary for Zimmer to avoid placing the city in breach of contract with S. Hekemian.
Still no sign of that NJDEP letter for Zimmer
Zimmer’s inaction on the NFA letter – and ineptitude in planning a proper relocation of Muni Garage operations – placed the city in a very poor legal position as Hekemian seeks its $2.55 million deposit back, as well as any potential damages and associated costs.
A week ago, Zimmer was holding a photo op on the Observer Highway falsely claiming it was vacated by the sale deadline. Today those “55 gallon drums of lord knows what” can still be seen on the site, along with the trucks that pulled up this morning to do even more work. Hekemian is going to court to prove it was ready with $25.5 million dollars to purchase the site… money City Hall critics say Zimmer lost through inaction and ineptitude.