Train Station Settlement Remains Unsettled

NJ Transit is looking for more information about the case of the Upper Montclair Station fire, Montclair Town Manager Joe Hartnett tells us. Although Hartnett was hoping for news of a settlement this week, questions from NJT prompted him to delay discussion and any potential decision at last night’s meeting of the Garden State Joint Insurance Fund.
We received Hartnett’s statement yesterday morning:

On Monday, September 25th, at 5:11 p.m. I received a call from a New Jersey Transit official questioning aspects of the proposed settlement of the Bellevue Avenue train station fire damage claim. As a result of that call, I and the Township Attorney and other staff initiated new research into this matter Monday evening and Tuesday during the day. As a result of that research and to protect the interests of the people of Montclair, I have requested the Garden State Joint Insurance Fund to postpone the settlement of this claim from its meeting agenda tomorrow.

Hartnett was not able to comment on what the specific issues were, but we’re thinking a lot of finger pointing is still going on, and it may have as much to do with questions that were asked as well as not asked…

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19 COMMENTS

  1. “As a result of this call I …initiated new research into this matter… As a result of that research I have requested to postpone the settlement.. ”
    So what exactly did they uncover (after 7 months of research and review) that would make Montclair reconsider its position in the settlement?

  2. “As a result of this call I …initiated new research into this matter… As a result of that research I have requested to postpone the settlement.. ”
    So what exactly did they uncover (after 7 months of research and review) that would make Montclair reconsider its position in the settlement?

  3. Taking the comments on Baristanet, and combining with the information in today’s Montclair Times, yields a lot of questions!
    Apparently, the first restaurant owner was required to have $500,000 worth of insurance to cover property damage. Did the second restaurant owner have the same requirement? Did the town demand to see the policy, and be named on the policy?
    Hey, my mortgage holder is on my homeowners policy. I wouldn’t have gotten a mortgage without the insurance, and if I miss a payment on my insurance my mortgage holder is informed and I get a nasty letter.
    Could it be that the town didn’t write in that basic protection?
    And the article says this is recent, and before that the town was “self insured.” Did the town have reinsurance, or did they think they were going to pay the entire bill if the sucker burned down to the ground, which it did.
    Mistakes happen, balls get dropped. In the business world, when things like this happen, executives require detailed analyses and plans to prevent future occurences.
    We are getting too much handwaving on these issues. We should demand explanations, whether it be the train station, confusion over $500,000 at the water bureau, cost overruns on athletic fields, etc.

  4. Uh, this is Joe Hartnett, I’d be happy to give you the answers, but they were inadvertently destroyed…by my dog. Yes, that’s it…my dog ate my documents.

  5. Don’t pick on Papa Joe, he’s really a nice guy, the fault lies with that sneaky CFO who is working two 9-5 jobs at the same time and is never in her office.

  6. Where’s ROC in all this?
    Hey ROC? We must be getting close to some embarassing truths because you seem to have gone into hiding!

  7. “Hartnett was not able to comment on what the specific issues were”
    Why, was he being held hostage by the townspeople whose questions he refused to ask.
    Had he undergone dental or throat surgery and couldn’t speak? Were his hands injured as well and he couldn’t write.
    Or was it just that he doesn’t anser questions and refuses to communicate with the townsfolk except to say on the Official Montclair website that THE TAXES THAT THEY PAY ARE A “BARGAIN”

  8. My sinature – above – was this before Yahoo shorted it
    “property taxes people pay to their municipal government are a real bargain in today√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s world.”-Joe Hartnett

  9. Welcome back, Mr. Briggs!
    So, what’s the real scoop on the train station situation? Why is everyone clamming up?
    What is the relationship between the first restaurant that signed a lease, the second restaurant that signed a sub-lease, and the town?
    Who signed what? What’s NJ Transit’s problem? What’s going on?

  10. Well let set what we have so far. I have more questions than answers.
    1. Who was the party that signed the first lease. Did they have the required $500,000 insurance? Are they in arrears in their lease payments. Who was their attorney that represented them?
    2. Who was the party who signed the sub-lease? Did they have the required $500,000 worth of insurance? Who was their attorney that represented them? My education guess. There is something revealing in the documents that they would rather not have revealed. My advice to all would be to reveal it now, as it will be reveal, better sooner than latter.

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