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Future of Eatontown Community Garden Still Undecided

EATONTOWN: The council is still undecided on where or if a community garden will be built in the borough.

The council's March 11 meeting saw the council vote to not take any action of building a garden at either Husky Brook Park or Meadowbrook Park.

The cost and sustainability of the project appear to be the factors that are stopping the council from moving forward withe garden.

"The scariest part is putting a lot of money out and then finding out that the interest wanes ," Mayor Dennis Connelly said. "

Councilman Anthony Talerico said it would cost $8,000 to build a road into the Husky Brook site to allow gardening to begin.

Talerico said it would cost about $7,500 to get an area of Meadowbrook Park ready for planting, with $3,000 of that set aside for the Department of Environmental Protection to do a soil test on the area.

T&M did a brief walkthrough of the Meadowbrook site and does not foresee issues for planting but would not know for sure until soil tests are taken.

Talerico said paying an extra $500 for the Husky Brook site is the better option.

"If you're going to allow a community, Husky Brook is the least expensive option," Talerico said.

Talerico said there are 59 plots confirmed for the community garden and that residents and local groups including the new Voyager School are among those who would like to utilize it.

The council will likely revisit the proposal again at a future meeting but no definitive date has been set.

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