The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders authorized the use of $103,850 from the County’s Open Space and Recreation Trust Fund to help the Borough of Milltown renovate a vacant log cabin so that it could host the Borough’s Environmental Commission programming.
The grant funds also will be used to rehabilitate an adjacent building and surrounding property so they can be used to display a collection of preserved animals donated by a local taxidermist.
The area, which includes the former Schwendeman homestead on Kulthau Avenue, will be used for environmental education programs and nature tours.
“The Freeholder Board is happy to be part of a project that will rehabilitate a site into something that residents and visitors of all ages can enjoy,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Bellante. “This will enable Milltown to host nature tours and other public educational programs for all Middlesex County residents, and that is such a good thing for our environment.”
“The plan is to work in conjunction with the Milltown Environmental Commission and other local organizations to help rehabilitate the site,” said Milltown Councilman Randy Farkas. “We are so grateful to the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for helping us reclaim this site so that our residents can benefit from it for years to come.”
Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “Middlesex County is always happy to partner with our municipalities on projects that will serve our residents well. This project is a great example of that.”