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OK seen on ordinace giving tenure to planning director

5/17/76

A controversial ordinance granting tenure to planning director Paul Keller is expected to be approved at tonight’s committee meeting.

The committee was to have voted on the ordinance two weeks ago but decided to give the proposal further consideration following a rash of criticism
ment were sanitary sewer lines that later were determined to have been constructed without

Consequently, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is suing the Ceran Corp., developers of Hidden Lake, for $3.5 million and the Township of North Bruns-
wick for $1,800, for the violation.

Last week, Keller said the controversial stream-encroachment permit had been approved by the DEP.

“All the information we discussed at that time was thought to be accurate and there was nothing to indicate that we shouldn’t give approval,’’ Kell-
er said at a committee agenda session last week. “There may have been a mhsinterpretation, however, because the late Nathan Kaplan, head of the Ceran Corp, at the time, never signed the permit so it was never validated by the state.”

Keller said he didn’t know why Kaplan never signed the permit.
Several committeemen and Mayor Charles Nicola have praised Keller for doing an excellent job during his 22 years as planning director.

At last week’s agenda session, Committeeman Frank Pu-leio said Keller’s qualifications and attitude are unquestionable. Puleio was responding to residents’ charges that in addi-
tion to the controversy over the stream-encroachment permit, Keller is not qualified for the position.

The proposed ordinance will strengthen the planning director’s position by promulgating strict guidelines by which he may be removed. Those guidelines pertain to the director’s physical and mental competency.

Nocola and township committeemen have siad the primary purpose of the ordinance is to remove the job of planning director from the realm of politics.

According to Nicola, the position should not be changed with the changing of administrations. Criticism of Keller’s performance by township residents — primarily those living in and around the Hidden Lake apartment complex.

The residents contend Keller was responsible for approving a non-valid stream-encroachment permit at the Hidden Lake site in 1974. Within that particular stream encroachment.

Consequently, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is suing the Ceran Corp., developers of Hidden Lake, for $3.5 million and the Township of North Brunswick for $1,800, for the violation.

Last week, Keller said the controversial stream-encroachment permit had been approved by the DEP.

“All the information we discussed at that time was thought to be accurate and there was nothing to indicate that we shouldn’t give approval,’’ Keller said.

at a committee agenda session last week. “There may have been a mhsinterpretation, however, because the late Nathan Kaplan, head of the Ceran Corp, at the time, never signed the permit so it was never validated by the state.”

Keller said he didn’t know why Kaplan never signed the permit.
Several committeemen and Mayor Charles Nicola have praised Keller for doing an excellent job during his 2V2 years as planning director.

At last week’s agenda session, Committeeman Frank Pu-leio said Keller’s qualifications and attitude are unquestionable. Puleio was responding to residents’ charges that in addi-
tion to the controversy over the stream-encroachment permit, Keller is not qualified for the position.

The proposed ordinance will strengthen the planning director’s position by promulgating strict guidelines by which he may be removed. Those guidelines pertain to the director’s physical and mental competen-
cy-

Nocola and township committeemen have siad the primary purpose of the ordinance is to remove the job of planning director from the realm of politics.

According to Nicola, the position should not be changed with the changing of administrations.
 

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