FROM 2017

A report on Morris Park Neighborhood Association's Meeting with Mayor Davis
To discuss plans for Morris Park
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, is that the city agreed to work with us-so please give us
your input below.


Morris Park, on the corner of 47th St and Broadway, Bayonne, is the focus of a
redevelopment/redesign plan connected to the building going up next to it.
The city is allowing the developer to renovate the park in lieu of the developer's
Open Space requirement.
The developer of the new building has presented a plan for the park, but as this is
a city park, the residents have a right to say if and how they want their park to be
changed.
As residents, we hope that the City of Bayonne and the developer will work with
us to assure that the park will be enjoyed by all in our neighborhood for years to
come.


In the Developer's Plan: (model to right) There are eleven mature trees that are all
slated for removal, and the nature/purpose of the park will be changed.
The park is named for Dr David G. Morris, an African American doctor, and past
president of the Bayonne NAACP-- if you are interested in conserving this park
and its trees and would like a say in the new design, please attend the meeting
and fill out the
Survey.

The Neighborhood Association:
Mayor Davis, in his State of the City address, talked about neighbors coming
together and the importance of community.
Neighborhood associations organized around the parks can work with the mayor
and city government to promote positive change, serve as social groups and give
a neighborhood an identity. We hope you will join our new association at the Park
on Tuesday and give us YOUR viewpoint so we may represent it to the Mayor.

We have prepared an easy survey, below. Please take a minute and fill it out!  
THANKS!
To contact MPNA please email us at: morrisparkna@gmail.com
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Morris Park, corner of 47th and Broadway, Bayonne NJ

                   MORRIS PARK MEETING!!!
                                      THURDSAY June 28th, 2018 6 PM

The mayor, council, developer, developer’s architect and city engineer will be there-
Let’s put our agenda forward!

The Mayor gave HIS WORD last year that we would be involved in making a
plan for the park. Let them know that any plan presented at this meeting has
had ZERO involvement from you and we want a community board
established.

You may also want to use this opportunity to have your concerns addressed regarding:
•        noise,
•        air quality,
•        safety,
•        transparency,
•        more demolition etc.,
We were also promised meetings to address these issues and they haven’t
happened yet.

Please show up!                                           Thanks!                       IT IS YOUR PARK!!

Morris Park,, is the focus of a redevelopment/redesign plan connected to the
building going up next to it. The city says that the developer has agreed to
make an in-kind donation to renovate the park. This does not give the
developer the right to control the design of our city park.

The developer of the new building has presented a plan for the park, but as
this is
a city park, the residents have a right to say if and how they want their park to
be
changed. As residents, we hope that the City of Bayonne and the developer
will work with us to establish a COMMUNITY BOARD to develop a redesign
plan that will assure that the park will be enjoyed by all in our neighborhood
for years to come.
From MPNA President: May-June 2019

Here are a few terms/acronyms you may hear a lot: Combined Sewer Outflow
(CSO),  Long Term Control Plan(LTCP) for NJ, and Passaic Valley Sewerage
Commission (PVSC). The last is the regional group Bayonne falls under.

Old cities like Bayonne  have one system for both storm water and sewage (a
CSO). During storms the pipes can get overwhelmed and instead of everything
going to the treatment plants it gets released into the streams and rivers and
waterways(and streets and basements!). It is mandatory that this be fixed. When
you see the streets flooded it is contaminated with sewage! NJ is the last state
to deal with this and in NJ they came up with a permit process. The
municipalities have 5 years to come up with a Long term Control Plan and there
is a requirement for public participation.

Close to 4 years into this process (it began in 2015!) most of us are just hearing
about it. The public is supposed to have some say in the alternatives our city will
choose to deal with this. Bayonne hired a consulting firm (HDR) to study what
alternatives can be used here. The report will  be submitted in July of this year to
the DEP. The gist of it is, there are various "gray" and "green" infrastructure
alternatives. Gray are things like pipes, tanks, underground cisterns and mini
chemical treatment plants at the "outflows" (where the water gets dumped into
the bay and river). Green infrastructure is trees, rain gardens, vegetative strips,
porous pavement and rain barrels to absorb and hold water to be released
gradually. A LOT of money will be involved. After July there will be one year
before the final plan is submitted. We can object if we disagree with the
alternatives or want something else. Everyone will be paying for this.

Bayonne will end up probably with a hybrid solution of gray and green. But if
people want green we have to push for it. It looks like Bayonne is leaning heavily
towards gray solutions. Maybe exclusively.

Alarmingly Tim Boyle, the city engineer in charge of the writing up the Long
Term Control plan told us the City is planning to put an underground cistern in
Fitzpatrick park (the one near City Hall) as part of the gray solution. They plan to
cut down trees to do this and pave over a good percentage of the park. Our
small parks have to satisfy green space, open space, and recreation and now
they want to use our parks for flood control for the surrounding neighborhoods.
Green is the first thing to go in their plans. ALWAYS.

There is a regional meeting on May 28th about this issue. They will probably talk
about more than our city but these meetings are very helpful in understanding
this issue and we may be able to ask questions. They consider these meetings
to satisfy "public participation" so this is one of our chances to have "input". I
believe this meeting is important and it would help if at least some
of us can
make it.

This is the meeting: Regional Passaic Valley Sewerage Suplemental CSO Team
meeting will be on Tuesday May 28 at 5 pm Washington Elementary School

191 Avenue B Bayonne NJ.