Mayor Yaede Secures Trenton
Public Meeting in Hamilton on Pipe Replacement Program
After fighting for a public meeting to take place in Hamilton
for the benefit of township residents, Mayor Kelly Yaede has announced that
City of Trenton Officials have agreed to hold an information session in
Hamilton regarding Trenton Water Works’ pipe replacement program.
Late last week, Mayor Yaede and her staff confirmed with Mayor
Jackson’s administration that a public meeting will occur in Hamilton. Township officials are working with City staff
to finalize a date for the public session, which is planned to be held at the
Hamilton Township Public Library and will subsequently be publicly announced. Mayor Jackson’s staff also stated that they would
be working with incoming Mayor Gusciora to ensure that the public meeting takes
place during the transition of the new administration.
“I am very happy that City officials have agreed with my
request for a public information session in Hamilton, which will benefit
concerned residents in our community,” says Mayor Yaede. “I appreciate Mayor Jackson’s cooperation in
this effort; and I also look forward to developing a positive working
relationship with Mayor-Elect Gusciora as he enters office.”
This spring, Trenton Water Works sent letters to specific
customers (not every customer should have received the letter) regarding a
program that offered residents the ability to pay for the replacement of their
lead service lines (water lines that are the individual property of homeowners and that connect to main
water lines which, by contrast, the utility maintains). However, many residents had questions
regarding the program, which originally had a late May deadline to respond.
Mayor Yaede had originally called for a public meeting in
Hamilton to answer residents’ questions, as well as an extension for the
response deadline so the public could benefit from more information before having
to make a decision. Hamilton Township is
home to over 22,000 Trenton Water Works customers.
But despite initial signs of progress, Mayor Yaede became
critical of City Officials after being informed that the “decision” to hold a
public meeting in Hamilton would be left to the next administration (which had
yet to be determined at that time).
But thanks to the reconsideration of City officials, Mayor
Yaede is pleased that Hamiltonians will be able to benefit from a convenient
public meeting in town.
Additionally, this Wednesday, City officials will hold the
first public information forum on the pipe replacement program in Trenton at
City Hall (319 E. State St.) from 6 PM to 8 PM.
According to the City’s website, a forum will provide an opportunity to
discuss the distribution plant, lead service lines and details of Trenton Water
Work’s Administrative Consent Order with the NJ Department of Environmental