In June of 1999, VERA sponsored a study of Voorhees Township’s plan to construct a taxpayer funded sewer line to service Route 73. The Sewer Project Review Committee (SPRC) had 14 members, including engineers, persons with backgrounds in environmental science and finance, and community activists -- not to mention several current members of the Township’s Environmental, Zoning and Planning Boards). The SPRC examined numerous township documents and prepared written comments on various aspects of the sewer project.
Click first box at right to see the Voorhees Township Route 73 Sanitary Sewer Corridor Study.
Click second box at right to see VERA’s Comments on the Route 73 Sewer Project.
After several meetings between Township Committee and the
SPRC, the elected officials decided not to extend a sewer line along Route 73. A remaining point of contention is whether the Township should construct a pump station on Dutchtown Road.
In January 2000, the SPRC presented an alternative sewer improvement plan (without a Dutchtown Road Pump Station) to Township Committee, and asked officials to adopt this plan. Committee rejected the proposal. Click the box at right to see a description of VERA’s alternative plan and a comparison of the two plans.
The Township’s present proposal for a sewer improvement project would disturb 1.4 acres of wetlands and sites with significant archaeological remains, increase development pressure on open space, and encourage the development of every small parcel along Route 73. We think that the project is an unnecessary expense to taxpayers, and that hoped-for revenues from “ratables” (which the Township has not even attempted to quantify) will not offset the cost of the construction.