|KRE Att'y Ed Murphy|
Attorney Ed Murphy, representing KRE, told Commissioners that they have already agreed to over $2 million in amenities at and around the site, including a pool, clubhouse and bike lanes within the site. But KRE was still willing to make a cash contribution of $668,839.
That was good enough for Township staff and the Planning Commission, but the Recreation Board balked. Barry Roth, who chairs that body, told Commissioners that KRE should get no credit for bike lanes inside the development. "Everything that we give away, we don't get back," he cautioned.
A dubious Tom Nolan told Attorney Murphy that, in his 30 years on the board, "This is the first time that something like this has come up after the fact." Murphy retorted that this is also the first time the Township has considered a project with "this many moving parts," calling it a "unique circumstance."
Paul Wiss argued that the public would benefit from the improvements proposed by KRE, but Commissioners Marty Zawarski and Mike Hudak were skeptical that other Township residents would use or benefit from the bike paths inside the development. "I don't see it as a destination for other Township residents," observed Hudak.
Only Paul Weiss dissented from a resolution calling for the nearly million dollars in recreation fees. He preferred the smaller contribution recommended by Township Planners and staff