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Resident Feels House is in Danger

2/10/16 Council Meeting

Hedberg House *Photo by Josh Hedberg 2/12/16

Hedberg House *Photo by Josh Hedberg 2/12/16

PERTH AMBOY – Water Street Resident Dan Hedberg was concerned about the stones that were removed which secured the hill leading to Bayview Park from Front Street. He presented photos to the Council, “I called Council President Lisa Nanton who is the committee woman in our district about not only my home but other homes that may be affected by this. I came to City Hall and spoke to Mayor Diaz and B.A. Pelissier. Our neighborhood was not told about the rock removal which I feel will put us in danger. Heavy rains can cause the dirt to slide. There was a front-end loader that was digging out the dirt. I’m asking that this project be put on hold.”

Hedberg had a list of requests  to present before the Council. One included if the town would be able to issue any kind of insurance to protect his residence for any damages. He wanted to know if there were any legal requirements informing residents in an area that there may be a project that might endanger them. “Why are we putting walkways in the middle of a hill?”

Law Director Arlene Quinones-Perez told Hedberg, “The City does not provide insurance in those cases. I am not familiar with this project and will have to take a look.”

Councilman Joel Pabon said, “I think we have engineers looking at this.”

Annie Hindenlang – Exec. Dir. Office of Economic and Community Development Redevelopment Agency said, “The walkway is actually a terracing effect to prevent further damage from another Superstorm Sandy occurrence. This will actually make the area safer.”

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