Joint meeting to discuss the proposed UTT in New Egypt
Sep 26, 2014 — On Tuesday 9/23 I was in a joint meeting with reps from DOT, DEP and Green Acres. Also officials from Monmouth, Ocean and Burlington counties, Assemblyman Dancer, reps from New Egypt Town Council and myself. Both Burlington and Monmouth Co officials are really behind this project and wants to work and help NE on this project. The towns of Wrightstown, Cookstown and Jacobstown are also behind this project. It seems that Burlington wants to possibly connect it with another rail line called the Kinkora Line, which if I am correct will possibly go all the way to the Delaware River. They are also thinking about turning the "Gail House property" into a regional park that could also connect to the trial. Assemblyman Dancer impressed me with his general knowledge of the whole project and the questions he had asked in regards to grants both federal and through other sources. There are numerous grants, aids and programs that were brought up and others that were inquired about This project might come down to 2 phases. One phase would be 537 and Highbridge Rd overpass, which will be the biggest hurdle we face. DOT had given an example of a pre fab box covert that was put in Gloucester that was 8'x10'x90'. We would need something more in the area of 10'x13'x70', and it would all come down to how they would put the covert in. And I would say the 2nd Phase could possibly be the bridge over Crosswicks Creek off Evergreen Rd, but that would be just my guess. It seems New Egypt is the link that would put everything into place. I had advised them that we had over 764 signatures/supporters and that we also have a group on FB with over 250 members. So they are aware that we have the support of not only NE residents, but residents of both Burlington and Monmouth counties and residents from other states. A Monmouth Co rep spoke about going to both the Jonathan Holmes and Millstream parking lots one day and seeing vehicles from Pa and NY parked at both locations. I was asked by several reps on how did I think it went and if I was somewhat satisfied? I told them that I will be happy when I can ride the trail, but all in all I was very pleased with what was said and the attention that it has drawn from all 3 counties We still need to continue to spread the word and get those signatures. Kerri Moore Rotundo and her Brownie Troop 550 have gone out and gathered 74 signatures for the past several weeks, and is still gathering them. I really appreciate everyone's support and I thank you.