WARREN, NJ - The public commentary portion of the Township Committee meeting was all about sewers. After 20 years of trying to get sewer service to the north portion of Hillcrest Road, residents have obtained the necessary approvals to install sewer service but are at a standstill regarding financing the project, according to Ronald Berry, president of the Hillcrest Road LLC. Since some of the properties are owned by Camp Riverbend, the LLC is ineligible for state aid.
Berry said a petition to ask for a special assessment by the township to finance the work has been signed by all but three of the property owners. The three exceptIons are a bank-owned property, a couple that wants to be left alone, and an absentee owner.
The situation is now becoming more critical. Some of the septic systems are failing. Resident Tom Allen said that standing water is visible in neighbors' yards on both sides of his property. Allen has been looking to add on to his home, but his property can't pass the required tests for a new septic system, and the Board of Health couldn't offer any solutions.
"I can't sell and I can't add on," Allen said.
The Hillcrest Road LLC asked the township to help with a sewer extension by installing a main sewer line, with residents along the line assessed for a percentage of the cost, financed over 20 years. Residents would also have to pay for the connections to their properties.
"This has just gone on too long—we really need your help," Hillcrest Road resident Pat Ryan said.
A meeting of the Sewerage Authority will be the next step in the process.