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Much Ado About Stop & Shop's Gas Station Petition

Applicants for a new gas station on Monroe Turnpike tout a petition with over 1,600 signatures in support, while opponents doubt its validity.

Attorney Stephen Studer says his client's proposal for a five-bay, 10-pump gas station at 528 Monroe Turnpike is not only the right kind of development for the site, but that there's also high demand for it. The Stop & Shop station would offer gas at discounted prices for shoppers racking up points on their store cards.

Last Thursday, Studer presented a petition in support of the gas station to the Planning & Zoning Commission, touting the more than 1,600 signatures that were garnered at Monroe's supermarket.

But opponents of the special exception permit application tried to belittle the petition on several occasions during that night's public hearing.

Phyllis Kansky of Brookside Drive spoke against the gas station out of concern that a flooding problem in her neighborhood would only get worse, and presented a letter signed by 10 Brookside Drive residents to bolster point.

Kansky said those 10 signatures should carry more weight than a Stop & Shop petition in which people were paid $15 an hour to garner signatures outside the store.

Bernard Prushko Jr., whose family owns the Shell station right next door to 528 Monroe Turnpike, presented a petition with over 100 signatures in opposition of the Stop & Shop gas station.

"We didn't have people outside Stop & Shop who were paid," Prushko said.

Ed Coffey, the town historian, contends having a gas station at 528 Monroe Turnpike will make an already dangerous intersection even more treacherous. And he claims Stop & Shop's petition is misleading as to the gas station's proposed location.

"The clerk at Stop & Shop told me the petition was for the gas station to be 'right here,'" Coffey said, noting the pumps would actually be off site.

HappyWife January 08, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Wow Walt that really hurt !! Ouch!! However your contributions are as helpful as that last comment---you prove that you can't fix stupid
john roberge January 08, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Spoken like a true politician!
PlumbBob January 08, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Does anyone realize there is already a Shell station just down the road next to Knechts where your Stop & Shop discount can be had? In most cases you would be driving past it anyway while traveling down RT 111, or at worst it is only a minute out of your way. Shame on Shell for even supporting this and potentially taking business away from TWO of it's currently established locations already on the same road. How terrible is that? And please don't be fooled, this isn't about whats best for Monroe, it's not about providing a huge amount of tax revenue that instantly solves economic problems just because a gas station goes up. What this is about is greed, Sippin using his political party allies and representation (insert names and commissions as you see fit) to get what he wants, and being able to utilize his dirty brown lot to make money. Sadly it seems many people just don't give a damn about the environment or whats best for the town. The traffic situation this would cause should alone be enough to sqaush this proposal, yet this all seems to be overlooked. "I am sure the Planning & Zoning Commission will do the right thing and protect the interests of the citizens who elected it" .........wanna bet on that?
JoAnn Toth January 08, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Yet another stupid. foolish Sippen moment!
D. Sickles January 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
@Mark Antinozzi - have you been drinking the kool aid? Best for Monroe? They will vote what is best for their political interest just like you always do. Who do you think you fool with your foolish remarks?

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