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Middletown Planning Board And AVAYA, What’s Going On?

On the agenda for tonight’s Middletown Planning Board meeting will be the ongoing discussion, with the possible approval, of the Four Pond redevelopment plan for the Avaya complex. Looking at the agenda, it would seem that the only business to be discussed tonight will be the Four Ponds application, all other planning board business has been pushed back to the new year.
Back in October during his reelection campaign, Tony Fiore was telling every Lincroft area resident which he met, that there was a commercial entity interested in occupying the former Avaya industrial site. He also told them not to worry because the township’s planning board would not approve of the proposed Four Ponds housing redevelopment plan that would be comprised of 342 units with various road and infrastructure upgrades for area. He said that the township favored the commercial alternative for the redevelopment of the site over the housing and that the town would do what it could to ensure that the housing project would not be built.
Now that the election is over and Fiore’s seat on the Township Committee has been secured for another 3 years, it seems that the plan has once again changed.
The commercial entity believed to have been interested in the Avaya site was Commvault, a spin off of Lucent Technologies that specializes in data management and recovery. Their current corporate headquarters is located nearby in Oceanport NJ. Commvault it seems, is no longer interested in moving it’s headquarters to Lincroft and prefers instead to move it’s offices over to the now empty, Fort Monmouth in Eatontown.
Why would they choose Eatontown over Lincroft? More than likely it was some sort of tax abatement issue. I had heard previously, before the name of Commvault was known, that the interested commercial entity was looking for a large multi-million dollar, multi-year property tax break in order to move into Middletown. Supposedly the Township reached out to State Senator Joe Kyrillos for help in securing such a deal with the State, but Kyrillos had reservations and nothing was done. This in turn left the door open for Commvault, who more than likely got the deal they were looking from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority to moving itself over to the now empty Fort Monmouth.
So where does that leave the Four Ponds development? Rumors are circulating that Four Ponds developers have decided to back out of the housing project altogether and will announce their decision to do so tonight at the Planning Board meeting, leaving no one at present to build the 342 unit housing development, if the Planning Board’s decision was to approve Four Ponds’ application.
Four Pond’s rumored decision to drop its application could put the town in a major bind. The Avaya project is part of the Township’s COAH plan. If Four Ponds or some other builder, doesn’t build some kind of affordable housing there, the town will not be compliant with it’s State COAH plan and will have to find another location to build the affordable units. This would then open the door to builders that could seek “builder remedy” law suits against Middletown that would allow them to build just about anything, anywhere in town.
And for those that say that couldn’t happen because Governor Christie abolished COAH earlier this year, you are wrong. Christie abolished the governing body that presided over COAH not the rulings or decisions that had been already established by it. Middletown is just as bound today to their plans for building affordable housing as they were a year ago, nothing has changed.
Tonight’s meeting should be interesting.
So what’s the next step here? As one person so apply stated “Middletown should keep that COAH attorney on retainer.”

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Pallone, Holt Tour New and Improved Tinton Falls Veterans Clinic

Tinton Falls, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Congressman Rush Holt Monday held a ribbon-cutting to recognize the reopening of the Department of Veterans Affairs Community-based Outpatient Clinic in Monmouth County. The clinic in its new location has been expanded and the majority of the clinic’s services are now on one level to make it easier for physically challenged patients to get around the facility.

“I believe we accomplished the goals we had in mind for our area veterans as we relocated the facility, expanding services, minimally disrupting the medical services veterans rely on and relocating the facility close enough so it’s still convenient,” said Pallone. “Just because the Army made an ill-advised, misguided decision to close Ft. Monmouth, that doesn’t mean veterans who still need specialized medical care should be affected.”
Benefits of the Tinton Falls location include a larger space to care for veterans, expanded clinical services, additional specialized support for veterans currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and improved accessibility. Currently, 2,827 are enrolled to receive care at the facility.
“After the Army’s misguided decision to close Fort Monmouth, we committed to working with the VA to ensure that local veterans will continue to have access to the medical care that they rely on and have earned,” said Holt. “The new clinic marks a significant step toward fulfilling that commitment, and it will provide a wide and growing range of services to local veterans.”
Improved services include expanded Telehealth Services, social work services and nutrition psychiatry and laboratory services.
The clinic schedule is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours on Thursdays, beginning October 6, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Veterans can call the Tinton Falls clinic (732-842-4751) to schedule appointments.

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End Of An Era; After 94 Years Fort Monmouth Closes Tomorrow

From Monmouth County Public Information Office

FORT MONMOUTH, NJ – After 94 years of service, Fort Monmouth will officially close on Thursday. An inactivation and color casing ceremony was held today.

“It was a great community relationship that made Fort Monmouth, and what makes leaving more difficult,” said Davis D. Tindoll Jr., director of the Installation Management Command’s Atlantic Region. “No matter what the future holds for this ground, its rich legacy of people and technological advancements will always he remembered and honored.”

The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) flag was cased during the ceremony by Tindoll, Garrison Manager George E. Fitzmaier and Sgt. Maj. Lesley McCorkle. A flag casing is a formal event where the unit’s colors are taken down and put into a protective covering.

On Thursday, the fort will hold the final retreat ceremony, in which the American flag near Russel Hall will be lowered for the last time.

In 2005, Fort Monmouth was selected for closure by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission and soon embarked on a transition to move operations to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The BRAC decision called for the transfer of 4,950 civilian and 450 military positions.

“This is a very special day,” Fitzmaier said to a large crowd that turned out for the ceremony. “Fort Monmouth means so much to so many people. The first airplanes were here, homing pigeons, hot air balloons, night vision goggles … it was called the Army’s house of magic.”

At 12:01 a.m. Friday, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), which operates under the state Economic Development Authority will assume responsibility for the fort property’s redevelopment and re-use.

“The fort’s closing is one of the saddest yet most important chapters in Monmouth County’s history,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, vice chairwoman of the FMERA panel. “Our hope is that in the near future the fort property will enter a new phase of importance to the county and will become an important economic engine for the entire region.”

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>Why Wasn’t Fort Monmouth Considered?: Utah’s $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way

>Here is a bit of news that should blow the minds of all those that have attempted to keep Fort Monmouth in Eatontown alive and operational.

According to an article that appears in today’s edtion of the SLC Deseret News, sent to me by my unlce out in Utah, a groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Agency data center is scheduled for Thursday at Camp Williams Utah.

According to the article, Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch (R,Utah) said that “This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during its construction and development phase,Once completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent high-paid employees.”

Further more the article goes on to state that:

Officially named the Utah Data Center, the facility’s role in aggregating and verifying dizzying volumes of data for the intelligence community has already earned it the nickname “Spy Center.” Its really long moniker is the Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center — the first in the nation’s intelligence community.

A White House document identifies the Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative as addressing “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, but one that we as a government or as a country are not adequately prepared to counter.” The document details a number of technology-related countermeasures to the security threat.

Hatch said Utah was chosen for the project over 37 other locations. He characterized the cyber-security center as the “largest military construction project in recent memory.”

Hatch said he promoted Utah’s favorable energy costs, Internet infrastructure, thriving software industry and proximity to the Salt Lake City International Airport in the bid process that ended up with Camp Williams earning the data center.

My question here is why was Fort Monmouth in the running for this project and if so why wasn’t it chosen? I would think that much of the infrastructure for this project is already in place at the Fort and the cost of the project would be anywhere near the $1.5 billion dollar price tag that it will cost to get Camp Williams up and running.

I hate to say it by I think our US Senators Bob Menendez (D,NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D,NJ) alone with Monmouth County’s Congressional team of Chris Smith (R,4th), Frank Pallone(D, 6th) and Rush Holt (D, 12th) dropped the ball on this one.

Read the Article >>> Here

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Byrnes to Introduce Resolution Requesting Governor to Petition President Obama to Keep Fort Monmouth Open

Monmouth County Freeholder Candidate Sean Byrnes will be introducing a resolution to the Middletown Township Committee Monday night that would request Governor Jon Corzine to petition President Barack Obama to keep Fort Monmouth open and maintain its facilities for the support of service members and their families.

Democrat Byrnes, sits on the Middletown Township Committee and thinks that this is a “No-Brainer” and that the resolution should be passed with little to no opposition, in time to be presented to President Obama Wednesday at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he will be campaigning for Governor Jon Corzine.
Below is the text of the resoloution to be introduced Monday night:
TOWNSHIP OF MIDDLETOWN
COUNTY OF MONMOUTH

RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO PETITION
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO KEEP FORT
MONMOUTH OPEN AND FACILITIES FOR THE
SUPPORT OF SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

WHEREAS, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission
decided in to close Fort Monmouth to move the functions and personnel to Army facilities in Maryland and Ohio; and

WHEREAS, the Inspector General for the Army has recently completed an investigation into the decision-making involved in the decision
to close Fort Monmouth; and

WHEREAS, Fort Monmouth has been the home to the U.S. Army Material Command and Army Acquisition Executive that researches andmanages Command and Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities; and

WHEREAS, Fort Monmouth has provided valuable support and services to active duty, National Guard, reserve and retired members of all branches of our country’s military sen-ices; and

WHEREAS, these services are provided through a system of appropriated funds under which the purchases and fees paid by service members pay the costs associated the operations of these facilities; and

WHEREAS, thousands of these service members and retired service members continue to rely upon the commissary for the purchase of food products and the exchange for purchases of retail products, as well as the golf course and marina; and

WHEREAS, we continue to advocate for and favor a reversal of the-decision the and

WHEREAS, we join in the growing chorus of voices, including those of Senators Menendez and Lautenberg, Congressmen Smith and Holt, demanding a reconsideration of the decision to close Fort Monmouth in light of recent revelations suggesting that the true costs of the closure and move will dramatically exceed earlier estimates; and

WHEREAS, the Township Committee believes strongly that in the event of the closure of Fort Monmouth that certain functions of the base that provide benefits and services, such as the base exchange, commissary and golf course, be preserved so that these benefits and may be maintained,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of Middletown in the County of Monmouth, State of Jersey that the Township of does hereby urge the Governor of the State of New Jersey to petition the President of the United States to reconsider the decision to close Fort Monmouth.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Committee does hereby recommend that in the event that the closure of Fort Monmouth does those facilities and buildings that provide exchange services,commissary privileges, morale and welfare support and other important
benefits to our service members and their families be and sustained.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township Clerk forward a certitied true copy of this resolution to the Office of the Governor.


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HOLT AND PALLONE LAUD FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING FOR FORT MONMOUTH WORKERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2008

U.S. Representatives Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6) today lauded the announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that it is awarding the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development $3 million in federal funding to retain a portion of the Fort Monmouth workforce. This funding will allow up to 1,100 Fort Monmouth employees to continue their work until June 30, 2010. The lawmakers believe keeping these highly skilled workers on board will ensure that our soldiers fighting abroad have the support they need as they fight to protect our country. The grant will also be used to assist workers in upgrading their skills through job training, as well as for efforts designed to attract businesses seeking to enter or expand their presence in the defense, communications, and homeland security sectors.

“While we continue to oppose the decision to close Fort Monmouth and pursue ways to reverse it, the talented workers at Fort Monmouth should be given every opportunity to continue to do their important work,” Holt said.

“While I continue to oppose the closure of Fort Monmouth, this grant will provide essential funding to retain the highly skilled workforce at the fort,” Pallone said. “Working with Governor Corzine, we will ensure that job creation is a priority so that the high tech jobs at Fort Monmouth stay in Monmouth County to support essential base operations.”

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HOLT AND PALLONE LAUD FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING FOR FORT MONMOUTH WORKERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2008

U.S. Representatives Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6) today lauded the announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor that it is awarding the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development $3 million in federal funding to retain a portion of the Fort Monmouth workforce. This funding will allow up to 1,100 Fort Monmouth employees to continue their work until June 30, 2010. The lawmakers believe keeping these highly skilled workers on board will ensure that our soldiers fighting abroad have the support they need as they fight to protect our country. The grant will also be used to assist workers in upgrading their skills through job training, as well as for efforts designed to attract businesses seeking to enter or expand their presence in the defense, communications, and homeland security sectors.

“While we continue to oppose the decision to close Fort Monmouth and pursue ways to reverse it, the talented workers at Fort Monmouth should be given every opportunity to continue to do their important work,” Holt said.

“While I continue to oppose the closure of Fort Monmouth, this grant will provide essential funding to retain the highly skilled workforce at the fort,” Pallone said. “Working with Governor Corzine, we will ensure that job creation is a priority so that the high tech jobs at Fort Monmouth stay in Monmouth County to support essential base operations.”

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