A representative from Friends of Forge Pond is scheduled to present the
group's ideas for the redevelopment of the old Foodtown site on Route
70 at the regular Council meeting tonight, despite the fact that a formal presentation that had been on the
agenda from the group was removed by a councilman last month.
Zingis and other people associated with Friends of Forge Pond were
initially on the Township Council agenda last month to present to the
town, but Councilman Jim Fozman requested the presentation be removed.
said at the beginning of the meeting that he requested that the Friends
of Forge Pond presentation be removed from the agenda, because he had
previously sent an email to Councilman Bob Moore that the group bring
their presentation first to the Citizen's Redevelopment Board. Fozman
said that request was not relayed to the Forge Pond group.
Councilman Dominick Brando took issue with Fozman's statement, noting:
"this is a board of citizens who got together and worked these plans out
… who are we to tell them they can't come and do that."
noted that the Friends group should stay until the end of the meeting to
discuss their proposal during public comments, which Zingis did.
told Fozman that he had presented information to the redevelopment
board, but Fozman noted that that information was in a sketch format,
and he thinks the group should have a presentation first, before the
proposal is given to Council.
Moore noted that he would be happy
to work with the group so that they could get a chance to present to
the Council in the near future, and this week's council meeting appears to be the time, Zingis told Patch in an email.