MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Both the New Jersey Chapter and the Raritan Valley Group of the Sierra Club showed their support last Thursday for an ordinance that would issue up to $40 million in bonds for open space acquisition in Middlesex County.
The county is considering entering into a loan agreement with the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, which would issue $40 million in Open Space Trust Fund Revenue bonds.
Members of the Sierra Club presented resolutions to the Middlesex County Freeholder Board that state: “preservation of open spaces helps to preserve our air and water resources, provides recreational opportunities, and helps make Middlesex County a desirable place to live.”
“I am pleased to have the support of the Sierra Club for this very important endeavor,” said Freeholder Carol Barrett, liaison to the Open Space Advisory Committee. “They understand how crucial it is that we continue to preserve and protect open space in Middlesex County.”
Barrett added, “We have more than 1,000 acres either under contract, or on our list of properties to pursue. Among them are the 200-acre historic Pulda Farm in South Brunswick, three parcels within the environmentally sensitive Dismal Swamp in Edison and South Plainfield, and the Cottrell Farm and nearby Whitney Estates in Old Bridge. By doing this now, we can take advantage of the currently low interest rates and preserve even more precious land. It is important to add that there will be no additional cost to the taxpayers for this project because we are not adding to the debt, we are basically reloading the fund to hasten our preservation efforts.”
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