To the Editor:

"We are working to craft the best affordable housing solution for our community". These are the words of our mayor, Michael Kelly. He also said that this is what the public wanted. This could not be further from the truth as is indicated by the outpouring of letters to the editor and verbal reaction of opposition at our town meetings.

The committee is turning a deaf ear to the protests of concerned residents that building on an environmentally sensitive slope threatens the many forms of wildlife that make their home there. Many trees vital to the health of our environment will be destroyed. It also threatens the economic condition of we "valley" residents by devaluing our already modest homes. While affordable housing may be affordable to the occupants moving in, it becomes less affordable for us who have made River Road our home for 60 plus years. I have seen Chatham Township evolve from a quiet, unassuming, rural area, to what it is today.

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We are a community, no matter where you live, on the hill or in the valley. We should be supporting each other. If the mayor is wrong when he says this is what the public wants, show him that you believe River Road is not the best site for affordable housing units. The committee was elected to work in our best interest. I think they are failing us. If you object to this project, it is crucial that you make your voices heard by sending an email to each member of the committee voicing your objection. 

This is not a done deal!

Mkelly@chathamtownship-nj.gov

tness@chathamtownship-nj.gov

cfondaco@chathamtownship-nj.gov

sewald@chathamtownship-nj.gov

kswartz@chathamtownship-nj.gov

Carmela Sagendorf

Chatham Township