Government

November 7, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — While widely known for its beach, boardwalk and marina, Belmar’s other gems of open space are its parks. And to help ensure their future as part of this mix of recreational resources, the borough is looking to establish a parks commission. The Belmar Council has introduced an ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Since China placed stricter standards on recycling materials it accepts, the effects of those changes continue to hit home, even in Lake Como. In response, the borough has revised its recycling rules in order to keep a lid on the potential for escalating disposal costs. Residents ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como officials are urging residents who have illegal sumps pumps to come clean or face fines. With the continuing heavy rains, water overflowing through manhole covers on certain streets has been caused by sump pumps illegally connected to the sanitary sewer lines, rather ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With the retirement of Belmar Chief Finance Officer Robbin Kirk just several months away, the borough has launched a search for her replacement. Mayor Brian Magovern is looking to hire a consultant to help in the process. “I don’t know what a good resume for a CFO is,” he said ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar will not have to pay back a $4.4 million federal community disaster loan after completing a tedious process that documented how the borough used the funds for its recovery from Superstorm Sandy. The borough learned last week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — This summer’s heavy rains revealed that the illegal use of sump pumps by Lake Como residents is placing a strain on the borough’s sanitary sewer system. In response, the borough council is looking to crack down on the practice by identifying those property owners with sump pumps ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s newest borough council member is David Gardner, who was sworn in tonight to fill the seat vacated by Kevin Higgins when he became mayor in August. All members of the governing body attending the September 18 meeting — Mayor Higgins, Council President Douglas Witte, ...

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As the community gets ready to celebrate Labor Day, USA.gov and the Department of Veterans Affairs shared some helpful guidelines for flying the stars and stripes. Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed at all ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — For a late summer meeting with a light agenda, the Lake Como Council drew quite a crowd last night to the council chambers. Although Kevin Higgins assumed the borough's mayoralty earlier this month, not all of this family members and others were able to attend that brief ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ — Since 2004, New Jersey has “diverted” about $2 billion in fees charged to phone users that were earmarked for improvements to the state’s 911 call centers, putting a burden on property taxpayers and potentially putting lives at risk. That was the message last week from Rep.

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — There is a double-dose of good news on the Lake Como drainage improvement project. Except for landscape work that will be done this fall at the lake’s eastern end, the project has been completed — an underground 700-foot pipeline now extends from the lake to the ocean, ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s new mayor is Kevin Higgins, chosen by his fellow borough council members to complete the five months left on Brian Wilton’s term. Borough council members Virginia Kropac, Hawley Scully and Christopher D’Antuono unanimously voted last night, August 7, to name Higgins ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has released an easy reference guide on trash and recycling collection and other related topics. The guide, which is available by clicking here, provides details on the pick-up of regular garbage, recyclables, bulky items, leaves, brush and hazardous household waste, as ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Residents of 16 streets on Lake Como's east side can expect to have their homes inspected this summer for tax assessment purposes. Representatives of Appraisal Systems Inc. (ASI) are in the process of conducting home inspections as part of the borough’s participation in the ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — After spending four months on Lake Como’s east side, Dewcon crews have shifted to the other side of Main Street where work continues on the borough’s water infrastructure improvement project. The Basking Ridge-based company is cleaning and cement-lining the underground water ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como residents and summer visitors in particular are reminded that parking is prohibited on the south side of 18th Avenue from Main Street to New Bedford Road, beginning every Friday at 6 p.m. through Sunday until 6 p.m. Although this is the second summer that the parking ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Brian Wilton is stepping down as mayor of Lake Como to join the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy. Wilton, who made the announcement during last night’s borough council meeting, will serve as a counsel in the administration’s authorities unit, which oversees and monitors the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A steady stream of revenue will mean Belmar will be able to hold the line on municipal taxes for the eighth consecutive year. Under the total $23.9 million budget, nearly $7.199 million will be raised through taxation, which includes nearly $560,000 in library taxes. This compares ...

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BELMAR, NJ — It’s not the way any Jersey Shore town wants to kick off its tourism season. When five inches of rain fell in Belmar in one day during the Memorial Day weekend, a back-up of wastewater in its sewer system overflowed into stormwater drains, causing contaminated water to flow to the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The plug will be pulled an hour earlier on live outdoor entertainment at two Belmar establishments, under liquor license renewals approved by the Belmar Council. Anchor Tavern on the corner of Main Street and Eighth Avenue and 10th Avenue Burrito Company in the Belmar Plaza at ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Slow down. That’s the message Belmar officials and residents alike want to convey to motorists now that multiway stop signs are being placed at key intersections on the beach side of town. With the borough council’s final approval of an ordinance to install these stops signs, public ...

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BELMAR, NJ — After hearing from residents in Belmar’s southern end, the borough council has decided to keep one-way traffic flowing westbound on 19th Avenue and eastbound on 20th Avenue. During a community meeting on May 14, nearly two dozen people expressed their opinions on which directions ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s seasonal traffic flow plan is now in place, aimed at relieving congestion and increasing safety on the borough’s busiest streets during the summer. It will be the first full season for the plan, which was hammered out by borough officials and the Belmar Police ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Road crews will soon begin to get Belmar’s streets “safety-ready” in time for the summer season. In response to concerns voiced by residents since last summer, proposed changes include turning 21 intersections throughout the borough into multiway stops to better control traffic ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como's borough council has approved a 2018 budget that shows a significant improvement in the borough’s fiscal health — an achievement that officials say was made possible by a decision two years ago to disband its police department. Under the nearly $3.6 million spending ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar businesses will need to toss those plastic bags and find a more environment-friendly way to bag purchases. And they would be given until next spring to find that new alternative, under a proposed measure introduced on May 1 by the borough council. If the ordinance is ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Mark Levis has taken his seat on the Belmar Council, filling the seat vacated by Brian Magovern when he recently became mayor. Levis, a 12-year Belmar resident and Belmar Harbor Commission chairman, was sworn into the position on April 24 by Magovern, who became mayor 10 days ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Brian Magovern is the new mayor of Belmar — the town he has called home his entire life. During a special meeting of the borough council on April 14, Magovern, 65, was officially sworn in by Belmar municipal judge — and longtime friend — Dennis Lavender, following a unanimous vote ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Matthew Doherty took his final bow last night as Belmar mayor, extending his gratitude and appreciation to the community that he has led for the past seven years. More than 300 people filled the council chambers for Doherty’s send-off on April 10, which was marked by a look back on ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Hours after being named executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty announced he will be leaving the borough’s top elected post in three weeks. Making his announcement at the Belmar Council's regular meeting on March 20, Doherty ...

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