BAYONNE, NJ - While the introduction of new technology by Suez-Bayonne led to an 83 percent decrease in blocked sewer lines across the city from the first six months of 2018, a key factor in local street flooding, more must be done First Ward Councilman Neil Carroll III told a crowded room Thursday.

The meeting, Carroll told TAPinto Bayonne, was an opportunity he initiated for those that live in the Cottage and Hobart area to speak with his colleagues on the Bayonne City Council as well as other officials including Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravallotti, about the difficulties the neighborhood faces during heavy rainfalls.

Bayonne’s Director of Municipal Services Tim Boyle and Suez’ Bayonne Project Manager Jason Kiernan were also present, along with nearly three dozen residents. 

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While discussions centered around the long-term solutions that are being planned, the meeting also focused on finding short-term solutions to bring immediate relief to impacted residents. Admitting that the initial responses he, and others, have been provided don’t offer much hope Carroll said that he is “not satisfied that all viable options have been explored.”

He will not, however, “accept ‘no solution” as an option.

“I am committed to driving conversations towards any type of resolution that can bring forth a positive impact for this, and every affected neighborhood,” Carroll said adding his thanks to all who turned out for the discussion. “I assure you that we will continue to remain engaged to work through this issue.”