Her petition, posted online at change.org, is addressed to the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and Montclair Town Council members. Here’s an excerpt:
The township has not exhausted other feasible options for placement of the well, and must do so before taking away valuable parkland used by many members of the community. Montclair has a water surplus and has not made the case that the well is needed.
Coke, who lives down the road from the proposed location for the well, described the area this way to Baristanet:
It’s one of the prettiest spots in all of Montclair, and THE community sledding hill for children in this area. In summers, our family picnics on the knoll at the top of the hill. We and other parents in the area instruct our children to ride their bikes through the glen on their way to town, in order to avoid traffic on Orange Road or Harrison Avenue.
According to all I have heard, Montclair has a water surplus, and most of the water produced would go to other towns. If future projections suggest we need more water, I would ask two things: what have we done as a town to conserve water? Second, what have we done to scout locations that are not on Green Acres-protected parkland?
I thought an electronic petition would help community members voice their opinions to the Department of Environmental Protection and to our Town Council members. Thus far we have 83 signatures and climbing.