Town eyes land

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Wed, 08/11/2010

Consider it a long-shot attempt by Mine Hill to acquire a 46-acre parcel of land near Canfield Avenue, a piece of historic property that meets at the border of Randolph and Mine Hill.

It is owned by Canfield Building Associates, which had planned to erect condominiums. The land development company is having second thoughts on the project and could be persuaded to sell the last remaining vestige of historic land if the township can come up with the asking price, according to Steve Welsh, Mine Hill’s town administrator.

"The obstacles are plenty, starting with acquiring funding from state sources for a project that could cost nearly $5 million," Welsh said.

If the township succeeds in acquiring the necessary funding from state agencies, such as New Jersey’s Green Acres Program, "it would stop the encroachment on the township’s historical land that goes back to the Revolutionary War and also prevent the loss of land needed to sustain wildlife," said Bill Orlandi, who chairs the town’s Open Space Committee.

Green Acres was part of a recent funding package that allowed Mine Hill to purchase a nearby tract of 200 acres, known as the Dickerson Mine Tract

Mine Hill’s attorney Stephen Severud said that the towns will seek funding grants from several sources to support the Canfield Property Open Space Acquisition project.

In other news, Mine Hill’s Council awarded two contracts to the lowest bidders to begin work on two road projects this month.

Top Line Construction of Somerville, one of three bidders, was awarded the Iron Mountain Road Phase 3 contract, a project that will add another 1,000 feet of road repair, ending approximately 50 feet beyond Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore depot, a supply warehouse.

Top Line’s bid of $394,922 was the lowest, followed by Berto Construction of Rahway, which bid $482,744. The bid placed by J.A. Alexander Inc. of Bloomfield for $278,970 was withdrawn because of errors in its application.

Seven bids were received for the Bassett Avenue sidewalk and curb improvement project. A. Takton Concrete Corp. of South River was awarded the contract, which calls for the construction of walkways along Bassett Avenue between Randolph and Clark Street.

The bids received were: A. Takton Concrete, $31,790; M. Sky Construction, $33,243; J.A. Alexander Inc., $39,142; Jo Med Contracting, $41,528; Diamond Construction, $45,900; and Berto Construction, $58,031. Midwest Construction, which bid $29,097 was disqualified because of an incomplete bid.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Neighbor News (Dover Edition)