By LINDA G. RASTELLI
Some political opponents have characterized him as an “environmental wacko,” says Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger.
He’s initiated a free “Dock & Roll” shuttle bus route between the Bayshore Ferry Terminal and the Middletown train station, with stops at shopping centers. He’s pursuing what he calls a “very aggressive” open space program. He’s overseeing a switch to green cleaning products in town facilities, bringing hybrid vehicles into the towns fleet, and installed a methane-burning water heater that saves $40,000 a year for the township sewer authority.
And he’s thinking bigger. Scharfenberger says he hopes to put five or six wind turbines in an open area in Belford. “Its the cleanest energy you can imagine, and it will pay for itself,” he says.
Green and proud of it, Scharfenberger last Thursday hosted a presentation on climate change that attracted a small yet vocal group of about 20 local residents.