It seems that Lou Magazzu is really pushing to build this chapel at the Veteran’s Cemetery, even though the county fired many employees, and despite warning that next years budget will be as harsh as this one was.
A friend handed me some documents today, including a presentation to the Freeholders dated September 10,2008. It was presented by developers John E. Torpley and Scott J. Burnley. They were proposing a residential housing development near Dutch Neck Village. They wanted Lou to give them a parcel of land owned by the county. In exchange, they promised to build a chapel at the cemetery for FREE!
A problem arose when counsel informed Lou that the county can’t just give land away. It has to be sold. Maybe some of the insiders can give me the particulars, but as I remember this one going, the land was placed up for sale at or near the appraised value, but nobody wanted it. You have to realize that there is no hookup for water or sewer in this area.
I believe it was on these forums that somebody pointed out that the land was placed for sale again, this time with the caveat that the Freeholders (Lou) would be authorized to offer it to a bidder (this developer) that did not meet the minimum bid – but much to everyone’s surprise they did not bid the second time. Were wires crossed? Or did the developer get gun-shy knowing that Magazzu Watch was discussing and watching the progress.
So now we come to 2010, and Lou wants to spend tax money for a project that was proposed for free. the parcel of land is still there, and the developer is stuck, unable to build since that parcel is necessary to provide access to the development.
In looking over the proposal I saw something that I do not remember EVER being discussed, not during the initial proposal not any time since. The initial design plans include a sewer easement. The problem, which I just explained, is that there is no sewer anywhere near this development. Doe the CCUA have plans to extend sewage lines there? Was Lou planning on having the county taxpayers pick up this bill? But, that is all moot. The development appears dead in the water, so to speak, and Lou is cramming this chapel down our throats.
Shame on Bill Whelan for not having the cojones to allow this proposal to die – he had it tabled. that was cowardly, he should have taken a stand and allowed it to die since it did not pass during the scheduled vote, last Freeholder meeting. I had hopes that Whelan would be a leader. I think there is still possibility, but I don’t think we will see that until Magazzu is out of the picture, which may be sooner rather than later.