Dear Editor:

The Linden Board of Education held a public hearing at 6 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the Linden High School auditorium.  The purpose of this hearing was to propose the disposition of Green Acres  Funded parkland, in order to facilitate building a second Linden High School gymnasium.

Despite requests by the chairman of the Linden Shade Tree Commission to postpone, the BOE went forward with the planned hearing.  

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Nineteen people were present, which directly countermands Governor Murphy's executive order. Only four Linden residents attended the meeting, and they maintained the required six feet social distancing. One of the residents was a woman over eighty who is most at risk, but attended because of the direct impact this construction will have on her neighborhood, and on the residence owned by her son adjacent to the park.

The other fifteen people present were BOE members, technical crew, and architectural and civil engineering personnel who have prepared the pre-application and project. Of these people, there were two groups of two people within a couple of feet of each other for several hours, within an enclosed space. With the high communicable rate of the virus, if either of them had it then, the odds are both have it now. 

It is truly disheartening and embarrassing to our City of Linden that the applicant has used this crisis to try to limit public input.  This entire can of worms needs to be dragged into the light of day.

 

Ronald Martins

328 Miner Terrace

Linden, NJ 07036

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