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French's Landfill Capping Nearing Completion; Nearby Boundary Lines Clarified

Township giving up its interest near several properties

As the French's Landfill capping process reaches its completion, the township has determined the proper boundary lines for a number of nearby residential properties.

The township council at a recent meeting passed several ordinances on first reading which establish boundary lines between township-owned property and private property.

"As part of the surveying that was done … it was discovered that there were some boundary line issues, particularly in the Alaska Avenue area," said Township Attorney Jean Cipriani.

The ordinances resolve the boundary miscalculations and technically give up property owned by the township to local residents, though township ownership of the properties in question was a mistake all along.

Previous township maps "made it look like private properties actually belonged to the township," explained Cipriani.

"In order to complete the landfill project and get everything moving on that, we needed to resolve those boundary disputes," she said.

At a recent council meeting, Councilwoman Susan Lydecker asked if, in the future, any hazardous materials were to be found on the properties, homeowners would be responsible.

Cipriani said federal Superfund laws require the owner of the pollution source – in this case, the township – to be responsible for cleanup no matter who owns property materials end up on.

Cipriani said as part of the landfill capping process, local private properties were inspected to ensure no hazardous materials were present.

"Anything that needed to be remediated has been," she said.

The landfill capping is expected to be completed within the next several weeks, officials said.

As one of the final aspects of the project, the township council authorized the acceptance of bids on a drainage pipe that will cross Lanes Mill Road.

After the capping process is done, it is expected that constructed on the planned solar farm at the site will begin.

Brickresident September 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Every single day I drive past the area on the parkway i wanna throw up.
brickmom2 September 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM
alll fun & games till' 20 years from now we find out that its another cause of cancer in our back yard
DT September 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I totally agree. Before my parent moved to Brick Twp over 20 years ago they were fill aware of the Toxic Site. They were looking at the homes over in that area, once they did their due diligence they stayed away. They instead moved to the other side of town. I do find it laughable that people even today will move to that area. I dont care how much "remediation" they do, better to be safe then sorry I always say!
Icdedppl September 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM
This reminds me of the neighborhood that was built next to Clayton block. The new neighbors complained about the noise and wanted the 50 yr old company to change there work times and the mayor said you should of investigated the property B 4 you bought the house. The same thing rings true for those who bought a house with a enclosed fenced area with signs that said "DANGER DO NOT ENTER" I f feel for these folks. I hope for their sake the remediation has cleaned up the toxins. I'm not happy they've been put in a bad situation...
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