EATONTOWN: A group of Eatontown residents who oppose the ordinance to rezone the Monmouth Mall have filed a lawsuit against the borough in an effort to overturn it.
The three-count complaint was filed in Monmouth County Superior Court in October by residents Evelyn Guerra, Judith Bretzger, Barbara Denegar and Sara Breslow and seeks a ruling to declare the ordinance null and void due to "violations of the Municipal Land Use law, procedural deficiencies and violations of the Open Public Meetings Act," according to the complaint.
The complaint alleges that people were turned away from council meeting room when it reached its 130-person capacity and were asked to watch a live stream of the meeting next door at the Eatontown Fire Department. The suit states that the livestream did not work properly and that those in attendance could not hear or see the meeting for long periods of time.
The plaintiffs also claim that the council never made a formal motion to vote on the ordinance and that it should be declared "null and void" as a result.
The final count states that the new zone "adversely impacts, the plaintiffs' property rights and property owned by them."
Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly told Word On The Shore this week that he did not wish to comment on the lawsuit at this time.