Entries for May 18th, 2017

Watchung Mountain Biking Resolution

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

2017-412: Amending Resolution 2016-166, which approved the Watchung Reservation Trails Master Plan, to reflect this Board’s disapproval of those portions of the Watchung Reservation Trails Master Plan recommending and providing for mountain biking in the Watchung Reservation.

Tonight, after 50 public speakers and a special freeholder comment session before the vote and reactions afterward (videos on all follow) we got the vote:

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Watchung Mountain Biking Resolution Back On Agenda

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

It was on before but was pulled before the vote. Tonight, it’s back on (as of now):

2017-412: Amending Resolution 2016-166, which approved the Watchung Reservation Trails Master Plan, to reflect this Board’s disapproval of those portions of the Watchung Reservation Trails Master Plan recommending and providing for mountain biking in the Watchung Reservation.
According to the nj.com story there is also some suspense:

On the draft agenda for the meeting is a resolution stating that the freeholders disapprove of the inclusion of a mountain bike trail in the master plan for the reservation. The resolution is proposed by Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen and freeholders Linda Carter and Bette Jean Kowalski.

Bergen, when asked this week about the resolution, declined to say how he will vote.

“We will listen to the public,” he said, explaining that freeholders expect people on both sides of the issue to make statements before the board votes. “It’s inappropriate to discuss my view in advance,” he said.

In my ten years of monitoring these meetings I do not remember a resolution that made the regular meeting agenda ever being voted down with 99% approved unanimously. The general public can vent but as to being listened to – that’s not on the agenda in Union County.