Scott would like to speak with as many Cranford residents as possible to discuss the issues that are important to YOU!
He will be walking the Cranford neighborhoods so don't be surprised when he knocks on your door!
If you would like to walk with Scott to introduce him to your neighbors, please contact us!
Scott Mease is the 2012 GOP candidate for Cranford Township Committee. Residents have told him, as he walked door to door, that they are concerned with property taxes, Birtchwood and fighting overdevelopment, supporting flood control including river maintenance and cleaning and making Cranford Township services more user friendly.
Property Taxes – Continue the line-by-line item budget review initiated in 2012 by the Republican Majority, whereby every department must justify each dollar spent. Union County and the Cranford Board of Education must credit the town for their share of money paid when Cranford is forced to pay for successful tax appeals. Cranford pays them, in advance, based upon an estimated assessment. Once the town loses a tax appeal, we lose revenue and Union County and Board of Education are not impacted and do not share this burden. The county and the Board of Education should give us a credit for the following year, reducing our taxes, or they should use a reserve to pay their fair share. Look for opportunities to share services with other towns and Union County.
Stop Overdevelopment - Working with the township committee, Scott will pursue every avenue to oppose the Birchwood. Work with our representatives in Trenton to change the Coalition on Affordable Housing Law so that greedy developers cannot leverage a low income housing to force high density projects that are out of character in Cranford. Developers need to get the message: Cranford is out of the redevelopment business.
Support Flood Control - This is a regional and local problem. As a regional issue and we must stop upstream towns from neglecting downstream flooding issues with the Rahway River. Cranford must work with the coalition of towns along the Rahway to set rules to control runoff and the creation of impervious coverage without adequate mitigation. Work with Union County and the state to fulfill their promise and pay for the still incomplete flood control plan. The river must be desilted regularly. Cut red tape associated with permitting for this ongoing need.
Locally push for improvements to Lenape Basin to properly size the spill way and control orifice to optimize the retention and flow of the Rahway River to protect upstream and downstream towns as effectively as possible. Per former Township Engineer Greg Sgroi, the basin could hold more water if the spill way is modified to restrict flow through it at the higher levels. Likewise if the control structure were enlarged to match the downstream profile, more water could get through earlier in a flood event, thereby reducing the flood potential later.
Communicate and make good decisions for all the people of Cranford – Scott has often been told that Cranford needs him back on the Township Committee, because he “Tells it like it is and doesn’t play favorites.” He thinks all Commissioners have the duty to listen respectfully to Citizens, respect their opinions and then make decisions based on all the input. He believes a better job needs to be done explaining decisions to citizens.