Government

January 5, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — For the first time in nearly three decades, Belmar’s mayor is a Republican, as Mark Walsifer was officially sworn in to the borough’s top elected office. During the council’s January 5 reorganization, the GOP also took control of the four-member governing body as Patricia Wann, who ...

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First “Coffee with the Mayor” to be held on Saturday, January 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at borough hall LAKE COMO, NJ — Kevin Higgins began his first full-term as mayor on January 2, looking ahead to what he called the “new era of Lake Como.” During the borough’s reorganization meeting, ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Edward D. Kirschenbaum was named Belmar’s new business administrator at the borough’s reorganization meeting on January 5, when the Republican Party took control of the governing body. Kirschenbaum stepped down as Neptune City public safety director in November, responsible for ...

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BELMAR, NJ — In his departing comments as Belmar mayor, Brian Magovern today applauded the efforts of the borough’s first-responders and public works employees, and recommended that its volunteer fire department receive a substantial budget boost in the new year. Noting that the Belmar Fire ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Former Lake Como Mayor Brian Wilton returned to the council chambers Tuesday night for a show of appreciation from the borough for his “distinguished service” to the community. During the borough council’s December 18 meeting, Mayor Kevin Higgins presented Wilton with a ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The next regular meeting of the Belmar mayor and council will be on Monday, December 31 at 10 a.m. There was no meeting on December 18, even though it was the third Thursday of the month. The date and time change was made when the council approved its 2018 meeting schedule in ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is easing its way into the world of online services — offering residents the convenience of registering for recreation and library programs, as well as purchasing 2019 beach badges via the internet. And most recently, property owners now can view their tax and water/sewer ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Departing Planning Board Chairman Ed Windas was honored by the Belmar Council for serving in that volunteer capacity for more than 20 years. At the governing body’s December 4 meeting, Windas was presented by Mayor Brian Magovern with a proclamation recognizing his tenure of service ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has kicked off sales of its 2019 beach badges next week with prices remaining unchanged from 2018 — at least for now. After several rain-dampened seasons that stunted badge sales, coupled with increasing beachfront costs, the borough council is exploring whether to raise the ...

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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 has established a parks commission. The Belmar Council on November 20 approved an ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has hired Toni Mullen as its new tax collector, replacing Esther Kiss who is retiring at the end of the month. For the past four years, Mullen has served as tax collector in West Long Branch. Her previous experience also includes a brief stint as tax collector in ...

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BELMAR, NJ — James McCracken became the newest member of the Belmar Council last night, sworn in by Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. Because he was elected to fill the unexpired term of now-Mayor Brian Magovern through December 2019, his term took effect as soon as the election ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Former Toms River chief financial officer Christine Manolio has emerged as the top choice to join Belmar’s administration in the same position, beginning December 1. The resolution on tonight’s borough council agenda to approve a replacement for retiring Belmar chief finance officer ...

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BELMAR, NJ —Outgoing Democratic Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern plans to name a new chief finance officer during the borough council’s meeting tomorrow, November 20. The four-year appointment, which needs council approval, would come less than two months before the Republicans gain control of both ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is about to get serious about illegal sump pumps. After recently strengthening regulations that prohibit pumping or directing stormwater into the sanitary sewer lines, the borough will be identifying residents who continue the illegal practice. Property owners will soon be ...

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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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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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