BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Council President Marc Faecher read a partial list of requirements to be included in a lease in order for the Township to agree to a lease between the Berkeley Heights YMCA and the Township.
The list was read before the issue was opened to public discussion in the "conference session" portion of the Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Faecher sent a copy of the "Lease Term Sheet" to TAPinto Berkeley Heights, along with a reminder that "the lease will include many more deal terms such as need for site plan approval and the associated study of traffic impacts."
At a previous meeting of the council, the Summit Area YMCA proposed permanently taking over the management of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool (BHCP), leasing the land on which the pool is located, and building a 36,000 square foot facility on the approximately 3 acres of usable land on the site. In addition, the Y would make needed repairs to the pool so it can open this season, and later replace the current pool, which is more than 50 years old and at the end of its useful life.
At the end of that portion of the meeting, Mayor Robert Woodruff asked the council to take a straw vote on whether Township Attorney Joseph Sordillo should enter into lease negotiations with the Berkeley Heights Y. The council voted unanimously in favor of proceeding with lease negotiations.
The text of the "YMCA- Berkeley Heights Community Pool Lease Term Sheet Locust Avenue Property" can be found here.