Public Meeting on Future of Diverty and Denow Roads in Hopewell Township

    Hopewell Township will be conducting a public information meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 7pm to 10pm, at Hopewell Valley Central High School, 259 Pennington Titusville Rd, Pennington, New Jersey, in the main cafeteria. Area residents and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting, at any time during the above listed times, for an informal open house format meeting.

    At this meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to view conceptual plans and alternatives for potential future public roadway improvements in the areas of Diverty Road, Denow Road, and Washington Crossing Pennington Road / Route 31 in the vicinity of the Route 31 circle.

    These conceptual plans will represent alternatives for improving existing traffic safety, as well as improving circulation alternatives for existing and future bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular traffic.

    Individuals attending will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on the plans presented.

    “Your input will assist the township with further planning and prioritization of future public improvements. We look forward to your attendance and your input,” stated Hopewell Township Community Development Director / Township Engineer Mark Kataryniak, PE, in a letter to local residents.

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    1. This meeting had not been promptly-posted on the township website and that has been the persistent problem.
      Despite the shenanigans of what could be said to be the least transparent Hopewell Township Committee in many years, the Kuchinski-Blake administration was finally forced to schedule an Affordable Housing/Zaitz tract/Diverty roadway meeting on February 15, 2018
      Sort of.
      As of Friday, February 9, at 12:01 AM , which is less than one week before the meeting and two weeks after after dozens of residents demanded to know what the Township Committee had already planned for the Diverty neighborhood without resident in-put, the promised-meeting had not been posted on the township website.
      Then again, the Kuchinski-Blake administration has a well-deserved reputation for stifling public participation by: fast-tracking, failing to schedule work-sessions, not giving the public more than 48-hours notice of special meetings, or, at a Special Meeting on January 16, saying one thing and doing the exact opposite. Although Mayor Kuchinski promised a “robust out-reach program” to Diverty area residents at that meeting, he not only did not keep his promise, but fast-tracked an ordinance at the following meeting to enable the township to put a road through the Diverty neighborhood. Apparently, when he saw dozens of residents in attendance, that is, when he got caught fast-tracking, he pulled the ordinance from the agenda and announced the work-session. Unbelievably, both he and Deputy-Mayor Blake claimed that they intended to have a work-session all along.
      Finally, this meeting has been announced and will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 7:00 PM, unless, of course the Kuchinski-Blake administration has stumbled upon a new scheme to stifle public participation.

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