Stop The BAC Committee hereby offers to publicly debate Jim Wood, president of BAC Warren, as many times as possible for as many audiences as possible between today and Election Day, May 7th. One forum is scheduled: the League of Women Voters public forum, April 24th at 7:30 pm in the Columbia Middle School cafetorium. For other debates, Stop The BAC Committee suggests the same format proposed by the League of Women Voters – one representative of StopTheBAC.com, one representative of BAC Warren and one representative of Berkeley Heights. This will allow the public to hear from both sides and then hear from the town. The debaters can agree upon topics and ground rules and collectively canvas Berkeley Heights to spread the word. Stop The BAC Committee is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org, StopTheBAC.com and on facebook at facebook.com/StopTheBAC.
Stop the BAC welcomes the attendance of all Berkeley Heights voters. We are confident that voters attending any of these public forums will walk away voting no on May 7th for reasons including the following:
1. BAC Warren is a non-resident, members-only private business that will be paying no taxes to Berkeley Heights. It is proposing a 51,000 sq. ft. building, with over two hundred parking spaces in Warren, next to Free Acres. In other words, BAC Warren wants to build Walmart in the 100% residential Emerson Lane/Free Acres neighborhood that has existed for over a century.
2. The Berkeley Heights Town Council considered BAC Warren and repeatedly rejected BAC Warren because of the “pandora’s box” that this project may open.
3. Berkeley Heights has already spent more than $100,000 on this special election and litigation caused by BAC Warren. BAC Warren hasn’t agreed to reimburse any of it.
4. BAC Warren’s introduction of potentially chlorinated water and increased capacity is a potential problem to Berkeley Heights (as has been expressed multiple times by Berkeley Heights’ officials). If a retrofit or upgrade is needed, the cost would be borne by Berkeley Heights, not BAC Warren. In fact, Mayor Bruno has stated that funding this could require the town to float a 20 year bond.