Improving Our Infrastructure
Our Power Distribution System is Aged
Too many of the county’s power lines and transmission towers were built before the 1930s, back when Hunterdon’s population was less than 33,000. Others are just not as reliable as is needed for modern family life and business. Consequently, as too many residents can attest, Hunterdon has too many backouts. It is time to re-prioritize our power infrastructure, lest we fall behind like Texas or Puerto Rico. The County Government and the local utilities must advance a plan to bring our county up to a state of the art and reliable system for the next decades.
Our Telecom & Internet Services Are Not Meeting Our Needs
Hunterdon county residents and businesses are modern, and need and expect first rate modern telecom infrastructure. Yet, from remote working and increased business data consumption to remote learning and online entertainment, we simply do not have the internet speed and bandwidth to handle the County’s needs. Compounding the issue are the archaic telephone monopolies that some companies have within our townships. What is worse, the County Government has no idea how much bandwidth we have, and how much we will need in the next ten years and has no plan to ensure this infrastructure is built.
Sewer Capacity is Capped, while Affordable Housing Mandates Remain
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has designated most of the streams and rivers in Hunterdon County protected C1 streams, which we support. But one of the problems this causes is that Sewer Plants will not be able to expand to meet the growing development needs that the other NJ state mandates are requiring of towns, such as the continued Affordable Housing requirements. The County Government must develop a long-range master plan, in conjunction with the towns and the state, concerning sewer treatment capacity and our affordable housing and other development capacity.
County Master Plan
If we do not plan our future, then our past successes will be lost. The idea of “government is the problem” and that we’d be better off without government planning will only ensure that all we value in our Hunterdon lifestyles will be at risk. Roughly every 10 years, the County’s plan is dusted off and repackaged in order to claim modernity. We will insist on a thorough re-drafting, with the demand that it be both comprehensive and forward looking, as the future problems of county and local government will only be solvable through integration of goals, from business development to housing and quality of life concerns.
The PennEast Pipelines threatens our open space character, our property values, and our safety, with unneeded industrialization, so that businesses from outside our County can export gas to international customers, for profits that will not benefit our County. We oppose the pipeline. The only questions remaining are how best to oppose it. The State has entered into legal actions, which must be litigated to conclusion. But we must not rest here. Our current county commissioners are determined to offend the federal authorities and the Biden administration for short-sighted personal political reasons that have nothing to do with Hunterdon County. This is foolish, as it will hurt our residents in our efforts against PennEast. We must have county commissioners who will be able to inspire help from the federal authorities and the Biden administration on the PennEast issue. Secondly, we must look for additional ways to oppose PennEast. Perhaps, as other local governments are doing around the country, the County ought to impose a moratorium on natural gas appliances in new construction starting in 10 years, since electric appliances are beginning to replace and are expected to fully replace gas and oil appliances in future decades. Such a moratorium today would signal to investors that there may not be a return on the investment into PennEast. Then the PennEast developers would voluntarily retreat from our county.
Get In Touch
Heller and Pomykacz for Commissioners
P.O. Box 337
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08809