Photo by Nancy Kriz This snow covered image shows where the South Orange Family YMCA proposes to install a second egress to the facility. A second egress is a long-standing requirement of the Village of Monroe Planning Board, dating back to when construction of the Y began in late 2010 for its February 2011 opening. The Village of Monroe Board of Trustees is currently reviewing the proposal. While it’s the Planning Board which makes the final determination on the approval of egress and expansion plans, without the Board of Trustees approval to repurpose this piece of property - which sits between Wally’s Ice Cream and the laundromat on Route 17M - nothing can happen. Y officials contend this request has been in the works for years and should not be of surprise to the Board, although there’s a new mayor and new trustees in office now. Mayor Neil Dwyer was a trustee at the time discussions first began. Y officials and former Mayor James Purcell say Dwyer was aware of the Y’ request; Dwyer says his knowledge was limited. A village board vote to approve the egress never happened because the necessary Department of Transportation approval wasn’t in place at the time. But, the DOT has since approved the plan.