Environmental Commission to use log cabin to house programming

Eric Sucar

MILLTOWN – 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 Milltown renovate a vacant log cabin so that it could serve as the site to 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, according to a statement prepared by the Middlesex County Office of Communication.

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,” Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Bellante said. “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,” Milltown Councilman Randy Farkas added. “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.”