Jackson Mayor Says Township Not Giving Up on Dump Site Cleanup
By Phil Stilton
JACKSON–Jackson resident Joanne Pinkham expressed frustrations over the illegal dumping ground on Frank Applegate Road to the township council on Tuesday, December 11th. The site, which is home to truckloads of buried Jewish Orthodox religious solid waste items, known as chamois, was to be cleaned up by November 26th by the site owner, Hard Maple Realty.
Despite citations and a $1,000 per day fine, the site remains the same. Pinkham said the owner of the property has another dump site within the township, on East Commodore Boulevard, established in 2003.
“This is his second place in Jackson…that we know of,” she said. “As of today, it still looks the same as it did September 28th.”
“We’re not out of the woods yet,” said Mayor Mike Reina. ”Every day we have somebody from the township driving by and we have somebody in Lakewood keeping us abreast on this.”
Reina said the judge in the case has granted leniency due to Superstorm Sandy. “They’re going to drag it out and hope we say forget it. We’re not letting go of this and we’re not letting anyone walk away, we’re with you 100%…It’s frustrating.”
Hard Maple Reality is due in Municipal Court on January 9th to answer to violations issued by the township.