A Letter from Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella to State Senator Nicholas Scutari, Assemblyman James Kennedy and Assemblywoman Linda Carter...
Dear Senator Scutari, Assemblyman Kennedy, and Assemblywoman Carter:
I write to seek your assistance with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). For the last three months, Scotch Plains officials have corresponded with NJDOT representatives regarding the removal of numerous trees on the lot at the corner of Glenside Road and Route 22 in Scotch Plains. We understand that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted work across our state, however, these issues predate the pandemic outbreak.
Scotch Plains has tried repeatedly to get answers regarding NJDOT’s decision to remove such a large number of trees but we have received very little information. We have also tried to get NJDOT to remove the debris left over from the tree removal, but NJDOT has failed to clear the area of debris despite repeated requests from my office.
On March 2, 2020, Scotch Plains Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler sent a letter to Christopher Tomlin, the Executive Director of the North Region, NJDOT to try and obtain answers on all the issues discussed above as well as request that new trees be planted to replace the ones that were removed, but the letter has gone unanswered.
Now today we have seen that NJDOT has removed even more trees from the property despite our concerns and the concerns of numerous residents. We had previously requested that NJDOT reach out to discuss any plans on the property, but they have failed to keep us informed.
We would appreciate if you can assist with this matter and have NJDOT cooperate with the Township of Scotch Plains. We have reached a significant level of frustration. Please let me know if you need anything else from my staff or me.
Thank you for all you do to serve the residents of our Township and State of New Jersey.