Mayor Yaede’s Administration’s Efforts on Trenton Water Works Secure a
Public Information Session on Pipe Replacement Program
Mayor Kelly Yaede’s recent requests
to the City of Trenton and NJ Department of Environmental Protection are
When a follow-up meeting that local
and state officials agreed would occur within a 45-day window was never
scheduled, in late April Mayor Yaede wrote to Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson and NJ
Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Catherine McCabe to
request that the promised meeting occur.
That meeting was held yesterdat (May 9th) in Trenton.
At the meeting, Yaede focused
attention of three key areas, to help protect the interests of Hamilton
Information Session for recent Trenton Water Pipe Replacement Program
Agreeing with Mayor Yaede’s
request, Mayor Jackson and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection agreed
to hold a public information session.
Details for the public forum will be forthcoming. Mayor Yaede believes it is an important
avenue for concerned residents to get information and answers.
Even before her success in
obtaining this public meeting, Mayor Yaede initiated the creation of an
informational guide for residents who received the recent Trenton Water Works
letter (note, not all Hamilton residents received this mailing): http://www.hamiltonnj.com/news/?FeedID=2005
are Considering Pipe Replacement Program Deadline Extension
Mayor Yaede believes it is
important, and in the public’s best interest, to have additional information
before any resident must make a decision on whether or not to participate in
the recent Trenton Water Works program offering, especially since there would
be a cost to those who participate. That
is why she requested that the program deadline (May 25th) be
extended until at least a month after a public information session is
scheduled. Although City and State
leaders did not make an immediate decision on her request, Yaede was pleased
that officials agreed to consider the deadline extension she is seeking.
Water Works Coordination with Hamilton Officials and Road Projects
Under Mayor Yaede’s leadership,
Hamilton Township has continued an aggressive road repair program over the
years. Township officials routinely
provide all utilities with advance notice regarding the roads planned for
repair in future years. This proactive
step is to avoid unnecessary utility projects after roads have been resurfaced
(Hamilton has a 5-year moratorium on any non-emergency projects that would
impact a road after a repaving project to protect the integrity of the road and
taxpayer dollars). Therefore, when the
recent Trenton Water Works pipe replacement letters were sent to some
residents, Hamilton officials were very concerned about the impact to several
road repair projects scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
At yesterday’s meeting, Mayor Yaede
demanded better communication and coordination from Trenton Water Works
regarding future projects impacting the Township’s ongoing road repairs.
“Not only do Hamiltonians, and
frankly all Trenton Water customers, deserve safe drinking water; they deserve
better communication, timely information, public forums to answer their
questions and confidence that Trenton Water Works will better coordinate
projects to protect the integrity of our community’s ongoing road repairs,”
says Mayor Yaede. “I will continue to
watch closely and follow-up on all of these important issues; and if necessary,
be prepared to take further actions.
However, I am pleased at the level of progress that was achieved during the
meeting and sincerely hope that it continues.”