LAKE COMO, NJ — Mayor Kevin Higgins brought the coffee and some 25 residents their questions to kick off his Saturday morning series of monthly open forums.

A wide-ranging conversation highlighted the 1½-hour informal session held on January 19 at borough hall, as Higgins and residents shared in a dialogue that addressed a variety of issues — from recycling, roads and summer rentals, to the budget, business district and plans for the vacant firehouse and police station.

While most of the time was spent engaged in general discussion, Higgins provided an update on several topics of interest. Here’s a rundown.

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-- Higgins plans on establishing a committee to explore options for the borough-owned property at 1730 Main Street, where the former Lake Como firehouse and police station stand at the corner of Redmond Avenue.

-- While the police department records have been catalogued and removed as required by the state Attorney General’s Office, the borough plans to conduct a public auction of equipment that remains in the firehouse, including a 1994 fire truck. He is looking to donating the department’s other 1976 fire truck to the Monmouth County Fire Academy.

-- In the business district, a Mexican restaurant is expected to open at 1621 Main Street, where Churrasqueira Costa had been, and next door at 1619 Main Street, a marine/fishing supplies store is planned for the space formerly occupied by the Lucky Super Store.

-- Cardboard is once again being collected at the curb on the borough’s regular recycling days.

-- At the request of a several residents, the borough will explore whether the yellow “no parking” curbs need to be extended along Margerum Avenue from the corner of 18th Avenue —  as a way to relieve traffic congestion.

Regularly scheduled for the third Saturday of the month, the next “Coffee with the Mayor” session will be held on February 16 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Lake Como Borough Hall, 1740 Main Street

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