BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Mayor Carol Bianchi is scheduled on Tuesday to appoint a representative to a court-approved Quarry Oversight Committee following an April 29 decision by a state judge siding with the Millington Quarry's contention that a recently created Quarry Advisory Task Force is not the proper forum for considering the future of the now defunct quarrying operation off Stonehouse Road.
Millington Quarry had previously filed a lawsuit protesting the legitimacy of the mayor's task force as one of four advisory committees set up at the beginning of 2019.
At Tuesday's Township Committee, the mayor is due to present a resolution to appoint Kevin Orr, former Planning Board member, an attorney and now current chairman of the Bernards Township Sewerage Authority, as a member of the Quarry Oversight Committee, which was created as part of a court settlement between the township and quarry in 2014.
Orr, who has already been serving on the Quarry Advisory Task Force, will oversee the "reclamation," or return of the 190-acre property to a more usable form now that mining operations have ended.
Orr's appointment will be effective immediately, according to the resolution on Tuesday's Township Committee agenda.
The Quarry Advisory Task Force is no longer valid, according to summary of Judge Thomas Miller's decision.
The Quarry Advisory Committee will also consist of Township Engineer Tom Timko and Police Chief Michael Shimsky, and will be meeting to implement a rehabiliation plan previously approved by the township.
Meanwhile, although the judge agreed with the township that an updated quarry rehabilitation plan is needed, he declined to issue such an order to the quarry. Miller said the decision was beyond the scope of the motion that was presented to him. His denial of the township's motion was "without prejudice," meaning that the township can return with a future motion with further information.