By Kyrsten Ramkishun

Newark People’s Assembly, a new initiative launched by the city, is hosting a series of town-hall meetings to discuss alternative ways to solve the stormwater and sewage overflow issues in the City of Newark. There will be 10 community meetings in total, two in each of Newark’s five wards. Drew Curtis, the senior equitable development manager of Ironbound Community Corporation, who is organizing these meetings with the city, said he wants “to ensure real and authentic feedback from residents on the alternative ways to solve stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflow issues.” The main topics to be discussed during these meetings will be flooding, water quality, litter and illegal dumping, bad smells, and affordability of the different alternatives.  

According to the Newark People’s Assembly website, the initiative wants to “bridge the gap between the community and City Hall.” “This will enable Newark’s decision makers to consider the opinion of the stakeholders when considering and/or deciding programs, projects, initiatives, and development that may impact their lives.”

If you are a resident of Newark and would like to attend any of the meetings, below is a schedule of dates and locations. All meetings will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Date Address
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Snow Date: March 14, 2019

East Ward (South Ironbound)

South Street School, 44 Hermon St., 07105

Monday, March 18, 2019

Snow Date: March 20, 2019

South Ward (Dayton)

TREC, 55 Ludlow St., 07114

Tuesday March 19. 2019

Snow Date: March 27, 2019

Central Ward (7th Avenue)

Wynona Lipman Gardens Community Room,

200 Cathedral Ct., 07104

Monday, March 25, 2019

Snow Date: March 27, 2019

North Ward (North Broadway)

The Waterfront, 2 Grafton Ave., 07104

Thursday March 28, 2019

Snow Date: April 4, 2019

West Ward (Vailsburg)

Speedway Avenue School, 701 South Orange Ave., 07106

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