Honeywell Hearings Continue With Response to Resident's Outburst

Two meetings scheduled for this week, attorney to cite cases supporting legal decision to reinstate recused committee members.

Hearings on the ordinance to rezone Honeywell International's property will continue with meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, with input from the land use planners for both the township and the Citizens for Better Planning in Morris Township group.

The Township Committee will first on Wednesday hold a regular public meeting where Acting Chief of Police John McGuinness will be sworn in as chief.

Once the hearing starts, it will include statements from Paul Phillips, the township's land use planner, and then the public will be able to comment or question the plan that calls for 235 townhouses and office and lab space on Honeywell's 147-acre property.

Mayor Peter Mancuso said the experts will be in attendance on Wednesday night to answer any questions from the public.

Earlier this month, David Evans, an accountant from the township's firm, presented the fiscal impacts, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"honeywell-process-to-include-all-committee-members"} -->. The township's enviromental expert, Marie Rasier, and traffic expert, Gordon Meth, presented their findings at the

Rob Burke September 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The deck is stacked. The die is cast. And 'better late than never' does not cleanse the Committee's failure to (1) get a written legal opinion from Mills before they held the last hearing, (2) adopt a resolution in an Open Public Meeting on this issue, or (3) have the Ethics Committee consider the conflict of interest raised anew against Sisler. Mills was unable to cite any law to support his 'conclusion of convenience' that Sisler could dodge Ethics Committee review of his conflict of interest by (1) recusing himself, and then (2) having Mills pretend that the Doctrine of Necessity permits Sisler back into the fray. Mills' biggest problem is that the law says the opposite of the bald conclusion he offered the Committee. He could not cite a case, and this one squarely contradicts him. http://njlaw.rutgers.edu/collections/courts/appellate/a3148-01.opn.html At the last hearing, despite his research being "here, there and everywhere" and that he "had not had a chance to write a memorandum," the Committee took no action, adopted no resolution, and had no legal advice -- and continued as though no issue was before them. Rosenbush had the audacity to justify continuing by asking Mills: Do you have any reason to believe your opinion will change when you finish your research? The Ethics Committee must resolve Sisler's conflict and if he cannot vote, there are still 4 votes available. The only ones who need him are Honeywell and Bucco.
Rob Burke September 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM
PS -- Mills never emailed me a case. Its amusing to realize that Mills' actions regarding the Sisler conflict stand in stark contrast his actions regarding Grayzel. In the latter, Mills cited all kinds of case law that raised 'appearance of impropriety' concerns to pressure Grayzel. (A supposed conflict b/c Mrs. Grayzel once worked for Honeywell and now has a pension?!?!!? Puhleeze...) Yet as to Sisler, Mills flipped and then flopped. Mills first opined to me in writing that Sisler has no conflict. Just because he's Bucco's Chief of Staff, and Bucco sponsored legislation that just gave $40 MM in corporate welfare to Honeywell, doesn't mean that Sisler can't act impartially! It's not like his Boss would be upset if Sisler voted no to the proposal or anything! Only when pressed did Mills back down and reconsider his first conclusion of no Sisler conflict, and declare that the issue should go to the Ethics Committee. But Mills had a trick up his sleeve. Mills emasculated the Ethics Committee (and the residents) by skirting its review of Sisler altogether, by his newest declaration: It doesn't matter if Sisler has a conflict. If we need his vote to give Honeywell what they want, then he's allowed to vote. Mills would probably let Sisler vote if he were Honeywell's CEO, under his latest flip floppy mumbo jumbo. Welcome to the Jersey Give Back! Giving your tax dollars back to Fortune 50 companies because hey, they need the money more than you do.
Carole September 19, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Can anyone tell me "who" will be occupying the 235 townhomes they want to build? I have asked this question many times without response(s) from anyone. Thanks.
Andrew September 19, 2012 at 07:03 PM
the majority of the township is for redevelopnent. Maybe they should take a poll?
Rob Burke September 19, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Update: I finally got a memo from Mills today. The document's properties indicate that it was created today, well after last week's Committee hearing.


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