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…