PHOTOS: An event planed for this past Saturday at the Blue Claws Stadium was cancelled by the Township after Township property bordering the Stadium was used without the Township’s knowledge, and inadequate insurance was in place, TLS has learned.
The Mud Run event – which included a race involving multiple built structures and a challenge course through the structures as well as through mud and water – was supposed to be held to partially raise funds for charity, but was cancelled last minute when Township officials were made aware of the event, which was planned without their consent or knowledge.
“I was shocked when I learned about the event”, Committeeman Ray Coles tells TLS.
Coles tells TLS he was called by a third party about the event last Wednesday, and immediately put the event on hold due to no proper permit, and to ensure the participants were properly insured so the Township would not be held responsible for anything that went wrong.
“My concern is for the Township”, Committeeman Coles says. “I feel bad that a lot of money was invested for this, but I have to ensure that everything is restored and that the Township will not be held accountable”, Coles says.
Coles said he spent Wednesday and Thursday in contact with the Township Attorney’s office as well as the Manager’s office looking into the matter.
In the meantime, Coles learned that the DEP – who was contacted by the event coordinators for permission – said they had no idea that the event required digging into prohibited property.
Additionally, Coles says, the event coordinators had already set up meetings with Township Police, Fire Department and EMS, all without the Township’s knowledge.
Coles says the DEP will be coming out to investigate the damage done and may possibly impose fines on the those responsible.
In the meantime, the event was put on hold until the Insurance and DEP issues are settled, and the Township officials meet to decide whether or not to allow the event to continue.
“It’s not something I can say yes or no to on my own”, Coles said.
As a result of this incident, Coles says the Township Manager’s office will be creating a ‘Special Events’ committee to ensure such occurrences don’t repeat themselves. The new committee would require all events to provide proper permits and insurance before an event could commence. TLS.
My god live AND LET LIVE
ah the “township” put a squash on another fun event. A billion dollars in insurance…ha
I see you censored my comment about the DEP not enforcing the law.
and why does the town stick its nose in what is a private enterprise??
Did you read the article? The event is taking place on TOWNSHIP property without the township’s permission! Classic case of Blue Claws renting to an entity the “Brooklyn Bridge”!
when the company tries to make money on the backs of the taxpayers. Did u read the article? The stadium and property is owned by the Township ie, u the taxpayer. They didn’t have permission, didn’t have proper insurance and they were using township resources without paying for them. Haven’t we paid enough for the (sins of )Stadium already?
Now you see the DEP doesn’t Discriminate they go after all evil doers
People are more likely to get injured walking along Clifton ave then at this event.
Mud runs are loads of fun! Maybe this is a sign that they should have scheduled the event for a Sunday instead of Saturday!
How can anyone not know it was going on it has been on that BIG FLASHING Blue Claws sign at the corner of Cedar Bridge and New Hampshire for weeks, how cpuld you NOT see it? To bad, looks like it was going to be a lot of fun.
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