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Mayor Fried Suspends Construction of Gordon Road Pumping Station
Failed economic development projects on Route 130 key to decision
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Robbinsville Township Mayor David Fried announced today that construction on the Gordon Road pumping station has been suspended until further notice.
The continued construction of the pump station is being suspended due to concerns that any electrical and mechanical equipment installed will sit idle and exposed to the elements for a prolonged period of time. Two significant land development projects, the 40,000-square foot Meadowbrook Commons and the 248-unit Pines of Robbinsville were expected to tap into the projected sewer lines, however those projects have since been shut down.
“We currently don’t have a user for the proposed pump station and we will not have one for the foreseeable future,’’ Mayor Fried said. “This project was conceived during a very different time for our local economy. The game has changed and by not leaving those parts exposed to the elements, we are protecting our investment and not wasting taxpayer dollars on a system that may or may not work three or four years down the road.’’
Mayor Fried emphasized there is no significant cost incurred to the taxpayer as a result of the shutdown since most key components used to power the pumping station have not yet been installed.
“The parts we do have either will be returned to the manufacturer, or inventoried until a point in time when it makes sense from both a financial and pubic policy standpoint to proceed,’’ Mayor Fried said. “We are not going to let $250,000 worth of equipment sit unused and exposed for what could be several years.’’