Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum, seen here in a file photo, says he's very upset a carnival company closed rides early despite its contract with the township.
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Mayor Rob Greenbaum is threatening legal action after Mount Olive Carnival rides came to an early close Sunday night.
"Rest assured that I am not simply going to let this go," the mayor said in a letter to Dreamland Amusements.
posted the letter to his
own Facebook page Sunday night.
"I am prepared to seek damages through a lawsuit which I have directed the town attorney to file if this is not resolved immediately."
told NJ.com Monday morning that the five-day carnival was expected to continue until 9 p.m., under Dreamland's contract with the township.
Dreamland runs various rides and collects entrance fees, then provides part of the proceeds to Mount Olive
This was the second year of the two-year contract.
"The carnival people made a unilateral decision," Greenbaum
"Between 6 and 8, they started packing up and started closing some of the rides.
Despite our protests, they didn't care.
The contract indicated the carnival would go until 9, but they didn't care."
letter to Dreamland, Greenbaum
demands the company refund to the township all the money it collected for admittance to Sunday's event.
Tickets for Sunday cost $20 in advance or $30 at the door.
also wants Dreamland to return one fifth of all five-day passes, which were $70 in advance or $80 at the door.
"You should note that Dreamland Amusements is (1) barred from conducting future business in Mount Olive
and (2) (I) have directed my employees to notify all known customers of Dreamland with respect to the issues which arose during the Mount Olive Carnival, including the blatant disregard and breach of contract," Greenbaum
"I can tell you that I felt like they took advantage of us," Greenbaum
said if Dreamland agrees to refund they money, Mount Olive
will distribute as much as it can to attendees whom it can identify.
Any leftover money, he
said, would go to the township's recreation department.