The board unanimously rejected the request for a temporary use variance for auto salvage and auction company Copart, raising the question of what will happen to the rows of vehicles parked on fields off Exit 52A on I-295 for the past three months. The decision continues a dispute that began in November when Copart towed 3,500 storm-damaged cars to the current Vanco property off Route 543 in a span of just 12 days, running afoul of residents and township officials who said Copart skipped the local zoning process and created an eyesore in rural Mansfield.
Shortly after cars started appearing on the site, township officials informed Copart the property wasn’t zoned for junkyards or storage lots and the company would have to apply for a zoning variance. The cars, boats, motorcycles and Jet Skis on site were among the 70,000 cars estimated to have been flooded or swept away by Sandy, hailing from cities and Shore towns where water came streaming down streets. The company stores the cars in a centralized location for insurance companies, allowing adjustors to process claims in one place.
Board member Randy Allen said he works in insurance and said most Sandy claims have already been processed and paid out. Copart secures titles for the cars, works with the state to change them to salvage titles and then sells the cars at auction to licensed dismantlers, recyclers, used equipment retailers and auto dealers, both in state, across the country and even abroad, Copart operations manager Philip Weber testified.
Asked by Allen what Copart would do if the township rejected its application, O’Grodnick said the company was in a tough spot, but was trying to do its part to help the state clean up after a major disaster. Vanco and Copart originally applied to use the property for 18 months, but Weber said the company was selling cars at a rapid clip, sometimes 300 to 500 cars a week.
After some discussion, O’Grodnick said Copart would agree to expedite the process and remove all cars within 90 days if the cease and desist order was lifted and use variance granted. Those reassurances didn’t sway the board, which voted 7-0 against allowing the car lot. Zoning board members also voiced concerns about the oil, gas, antifreeze and other fluids that could be leeching into the ground from vehicles.
Three residents spoke during public comment, including Fred Wainwright, who said Sandy was an unprecedented emergency and towns needed to help other towns and residents impacted in the devastation. From local news to politics to entertainment and sports, the twice daily Right Now eNewsletter has all of the New Jersey news you need! Boats valued at $1 million were damaged by the storm at the Raritan Yacht Club in Perth Amboy, seen in a 2005 photo.
PERTH AMBOY — About a dozen sad sailboat owners are watching nearly $1 million worth of boats being set afloat in a Middlesex County storage yard with destructive consequences. Earlier today, the boats were on stilts and high ground, but the water has risen beyond anybody's expectations, a chagrined club member said tonight.
The approximately 30 sailboats had been hoisted several weeks ago into the yard at the Raritan Yacht Club on Water Street in Perth Amboy for winter storage. Members, some of whom were gathered at the bar of the 155-year-old club tonight, didn't believe the waters could rise this high, said Steve Scanlon, the head of the race committee there.

But tonight, a few hours before high tide, the water began to lap at the bottom of the boats, some of which were up to 40 feet long and several tons in weight, and they began to topple. The club and its historic Red Grant Regatta was featured in a Star-Ledger article earlier this summer.
Round Valley trout and bass are going to have plenty to snack on this summer thanks to an infusion of herring from Lake Hopatcong. The herring, about 100,000, were transported last month from the state's largest lake to the reservoir, and have already begun to spawn, according to Dennis Haggerty, president of the Round Valley Trout Association. The bait-fish are essential, Haggerty said, because the reservoir does not produce enough of its own to feed the bass and trout that make it a popular fishing destination. Lake Hopatcong, because it is rich in nutrients and plankton, has far more herring than its big fish can swallow. He needed less than two weeks last month to round up the 100,000 herring, load them onto trucks and place them in the reservoir. Welsh said he did not get much sleep in June, maybe a couple hours every night, but after years of capturing bait his motions are fluid and sleep is more luxury than necessity. His day starts back on his barge where he said he scoops out the herring and loads them into storage tanks.
The tanks are filled with cold spring water and are treated with salt, which toughens the herring - naturally a salt-water fish - for the journey. The tanks are loaded onto trucks and driven to Round Valley where the herring are once again scooped, maybe 200 at a time until Welsh unloads a tank of about 10,000.
The hard work is appreciated, said Haggerty, who has already noticed an improvement on the Reservoir. If all goes according to plan, the number of Small-Mouth Bass and Rainbow Trout will increase in proportion to the amount of food available for them. In recent years, those fish populations have severely diminished, according to Haggerty, though now, thanks to the herring, they are returning.
The project was funded by the state Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Round Valley Trout Association, in a joint effort to restock the reservoir. Photos by user 'listentoreason', with default photo number, size, and sorting options (can change).
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The state Department of Environmental Protection inspected the site twice in January and found no significant spillage, according to inspection reports.
Another resident, John Kampo, said he worried about the buyers who might unwittingly buy a flood-damaged car. All rights reserved (About Us).The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of New Jersey On-Line LLC. With each wave, he said, more boats are knocked onto their side, and crashing against a structure normally used for storage and for members to change their clothes. With a 50-foot seine net in hand, Welsh said sweeps around the barge in a U-shaped motion, scooping up thousands of herring. He works alone on the barge, though sometimes he has the company of his two German Shorthaired Pointers. To also remove yourself from searches for specific user names, you will need to set your Flickr profile to be hidden from searches. Flickr Hive Mind is currently consuming about 13.6 terabytes of network bandwidth per year (not including the photos themselves)! Also includes stereo system w - CD, microwave, AC - DC refrigerator, gas stovetop, automatic vacuum-flush toilet, bimini cover with full camper enclosure, and lots of storage! 28, township officials said activity still appeared to be going on at night and on weekends and slapped the company with a cease-and-desist order on Jan. The company leased land from Vanco, a local trailer manufacturer struggling to stay afloat, and opened two other temporary lots in Englishtown and Hillsborough.

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